American Elephants

Rowan Atkinson With an Invisible Drum Kit by The Elephant's Child
September 4, 2013, 9:32 pm
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Perpetuum Jazzile : True Colors by The Elephant's Child

Perpetuum Jazzile Performs a Tribute to ABBA by The Elephant's Child

Time to revisit Perpetuum Jazzile, the Slovenian a capella jazz choir. Here they pay tribute to the Swedish vocal group ABBA with a medley of ABBA’s songs. We have long admired this group.

Shadow Dancing by The Elephant's Child
July 24, 2013, 6:54 am
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Stars and Stripes Forever— Forever New. by The Elephant's Child

Guy Van Dueser plays the most famous Sousa march. We can have Sousa all year, can’t we? We don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July. This is much too wonderful to wait for next year.

Enjoy. This is special.  What no tubas?  Mr. Sousa never dreamed of this performance.

Tommy Emmanuel — Struttin’ by The Elephant's Child

A nice way to start the day. Tommy Emmanuel’s guitar always seems like an extension of his body.

The Legend of Zelda — Main Theme on Marimba by The Elephant's Child
April 21, 2013, 8:38 pm
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link-legend-of-zeldaHere’s the  Legend of Zelda theme song on marimba, snare drum, cymbal, bells, timpani, and triangle.

Pretty cool.

Bach, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” from Cantata 147 by The Elephant's Child

In a Japanese Forest, — and Sung By Alien Robots.


A Prague Street Artist Plays the Glass Harp by The Elephant's Child

Meticulously filled and tuned wine glasses beautifully played. Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”


Ethan Uslan Plays “The Tin Roof Blues” by The Elephant's Child
March 25, 2013, 3:39 pm
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Blues, but in Ethan Uslan’s hands, it’s happy music. Enjoy.

Ethan Uslan Plays a Chopin Nocturne by The Elephant's Child
March 9, 2013, 7:39 pm
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Happy music, for a Saturday.

George Gershwin Plays “Rhapsody In Blue” by The Elephant's Child

The miracle of modern technology has restored to us the real sound of George Gershwin (1898—1937) himself. His singular performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” has been transferred from the original 1920′s piano rolls to a contemporary concert grand piano.  Part 1: played January 1927, Part 2: played May 1925.

His first big national hit was “Swanee” which Al Jolson made famous. Then there was “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Oh, Lady be Good,” “Funny Face,” “Strike Up the Band”, “I Got Rhythm,” “Of Thee I Sing.”

His first major classical work, “Rhapsody in Blue,” was composed in 1924, a most American work. “An American in Paris,” and in 1935, his most ambitious composition, which he called a “folk opera” that crossed all sorts of musical barriers — “Porgy and Bess.” It was a box office failure, which seems bizarre today as we recognize the enormous contribution of George Gershwin to American music.



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