Our first selection this week is not actually a video at all, but rather an interview with a very famous piano player named Michael Chertock. Right now, he plays with a group called the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He calls himself a keyboardist, rather than a pianist. Why do you think he calls himself that? In this interview, he talks a lot about his influences that helped inspire him to be a musician. Even if it is not musical, who inspires you?
URL 1 – https://www.classicsforkids.com/music/musical_career.php?id=5
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URL 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgPRI6-8Efw
Have you ever heard of the band called Kool and the Gang? I am guessing not – but even if you haven’t, I’m willing to bet that you have heard at least one of their songs called “Celebration.” Here is a video of a group called Perpetuum Jazzille singing a cover of their song. What do you think of their performance? Have you ever seen a choir performing where each singer gets their own microphone? Which performance do you like better and why?
URL 1 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/BgqL
URL 2 - https://safeyoutube.net/w/xMt9
Ben Folds is an incredible musician. If you have never listened to any of his music, I encourage you to. Here are two videos that I think you would like. The first is a video of him performing at a New Year’s Eve party in Sydney, Australia and performing a cover of a very famous song called “Video killed the Radio Star.” The song was in fact the very first ever music video played on MTV! The second video is even more awesome. Watch as Ben Folds composes an entire piece of music for an orchestra in ten minutes!
URL 1 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/tmqL
URL 2 - https://safeyoutube.net/w/vlu9
What if you could dance and no one would see you? What if you could be in public and you had the confidence to dance like nobody was watching? Well, here is a video by the Piano Guys about people dancing in the grocery store – would you feel confidant to do that?
URL 1 - https://safeyoutube.net/w/NpqL
My final Piano Guys video of the year is of a song that Rachel Platten performed called “Fight Song.” We have all been fighting so hard to get through the last few months and none of it has been easy. I am so proud of all of you for all that you have done to weather this storm.
URL 1 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/NsqL
“Music is the soundtrack of life.” - Dick Clark
-Mr. Baur :)