The Porstmouth Sinfonia was a group formed in the 70′s at the Portsmouth School of Art in England. The only requirement for entry into the group was that either you were not a musician or you were playing an instrument you didn’t know how to play. For example, musician and producer, Brian Eno joined as a clarinet player. The one other rule was that you had to try your best to play things right, not just play bad on purpose. Obviously this lead to some interesting renditions of famous music. I’ve put some of their recordings below and they will definitely put a smile on your face. Even though it sounds so terrible, I really feel like it captures how much fun it is to make music, or I guess try to make music. And that’s what music should be about, having fun.
Hey All. Sorry for the late blog post today. I just got back from a short overnight camping trip with my wife, sister in law and her boyfriend. We had a great time. We went up to Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin. It’s one of my favorite spots to camp and hike here in the midwest. Probably because it feels the least like the midwest. It’s this beautiful lake surrounded by these really tall rocky bluffs. You can hike up to the top for some great views of the lake. Here are some pictures from the trip. Do you guys have any favorite camping spots here in the midwest?
When we first started this blog, my first entry was about Charlie Chaplin. In it I talked about how one my favorite things about him was how he was so multi taltented and not only starred in his movies but wrote the story, composed the score and directed most of them too. In the same vein I also love the Marx Brothers. If you’ve never seen one of their movies, you should definitely check one out. My favorites are “Duck Soup” and “Horse Feathers”. Like Chaplin they were also multi talented. In addition to being really really funny they also were quite accomplished musicians. Particularly Chico and Harpo. In most of their movies they set aside a scene for them to show off their chops. Here’s a few clips.
Now you know where Harpo gets his name. I was totally blown away the first time I saw them play in a movie. I never expected to see so much shredding. And finally here’s one of my favorite scenes from “Duck Soup”. In it Harpo is disquised as Groucho and is trying to convince Groucho that he’s looking in a mirror.
I’m not sure how we’ve been doing this blog for this long and have yet to cover this topic. I’m talking about “The Room”, an independent movie that has gained the reputation of being the best worst movie of all time. If that doesn’t make sense, wait until you watch some of these clips. It’s so bad that it’s come back around to amazing again. It’s become so famous that they actually have special screenings of it all over the country where people shout quotes along with the movie. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that is so funny, so unintentionally. On our past couple tours, quotes from this movie were in constant rotation. What’s your favorite terrible movie?
If you read the blog you’ve probably noticed that Ryan is quite the iPhone fan. What you might not know is that up until a few weeks ago, I was the owner of the crummyest and cheapest (free) phone you can find. It’s not that I had anything against iPhones it’s just I didn’t think I needed one. Now that I’ve had one for a few weeks, I can’t really say I “need” one, but I love it. One of my favorite things about it is the camera. They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and with the iphone you always have it with you. My Wife and I have become addicted to finding cool new photo apps. One of the best sources we’ve found is a site called iPhoneography. It’s a blog dedicated completely to photography with the iPhone. Here are some photos I took this weekend with an app called Camera+.