American Elephants

Not for ALL the freaking money in the world! by American Elephant
March 8, 2012, 3:55 pm
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Seriously. You could offer me every last dollar on Earth, and I still wouldn’t do this. I couldn’t! My hands are sweaty just watching it.

Call me whatever names you like, I won’t do it, won’t, won’t, won’t, won’t, won’t! Blah!

Would you?

Tommy Emmanuel, Informally: Saturday Night Shuffle by The Elephant's Child
March 7, 2012, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Australia, Entertainment, Music, YouTube | Tags: , ,

Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian, and known as one of the world”s great guitarists. There are lots of his videos on You Tube. For sheer beauty look for “The Mountains of Illinois,” a Chet Atkins song. One of my many favorites is “Lewis and Clark,” and to accompany that, his new American Indian song, “Trails.”  Or try “The Band” where he introduces you to his three piece band, all played on his guitar. He is an enormous talent. Enjoy.

¡Chihuahua, te queremos! by American Elephant
June 17, 2011, 2:17 pm
Filed under: Fun n Games, Pop Culture, YouTube | Tags: , ,

‘Cus it makes me happy.

I think, but am not sure, the song is by Ozomatli  — who rock. That is all.

Corrections: The video came to me via @Toraradical on Twitter, who has a great blog of his own. And the song is by Juanlu Montoya. Thanks to SooperMexican, blogger AND illustrator,  for that.

Rancor and Harsh Words Among the Elephants!! by The Elephant's Child

I found the following video at Maggie’s Farm, and found it interesting and rather beautiful.  I’m always interested in new sports, and people keep inventing them and then having contests of skill.  So I sent the video to the Elephant.

He wrote back, in ALL CAPS, that it was the DUMBEST VIDEO HE HAD EVER SEEN, AND THE MERE ACT OF WATCHING IT MADE HIM DUMBER! He included exclamation marks, lots of them, and spelled out D-U-M-B,  D–U–M–B!!, D—U—M—B—ER!!!

So there you have it.  What do you think?

American Freestyle canoeing is the art of paddling a canoe on flat water with perfect control of its movements. The canoe is usually leaned over to the side to help the boat turn sharply and efficiently and paddle strokes are taken on either side of the canoe depending on the individual move. Balance, paddle placement and turn initiation are a few keys to this control. Since the movements seem dance-like, some practice this art timed to music, which is the ultimate in control.

ADDENDUM: The Elephant said: “I can’t believe you posted that! It’s NOT a sport!”  I’ll have to admit that the audience was a little on the small side.

Monday, November 22, 2010, Typical Seattle Scene. by The Elephant's Child

Our friend Ron Spins, who always has a good video up his sleeve, posted this in the comments, but I don’t want anyone to miss it, so I’m putting it on the front page.

The Saxophone as it Should Be Played. by The Elephant's Child
October 10, 2010, 8:00 pm
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The Saxophone, well played, by Junior Walker and the All Stars.  Motown, 1960s.

Mark Knopfler: Whoop De Doo, The Only Live Performance of This Song. by The Elephant's Child
September 29, 2010, 8:31 pm
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Great sounding recording of Mark´s charity gig at Boothbay Opera House in September 2006. in Maine. It was the one and only live performance of this song so far! Very unique show without a drummer! Richard Bennett on 2nd guitar, Guy Fletcher on Keyboards and Glen Worf on bass.  Nice.

h/t: Maggies Farm

Not for ALL the Freaking Money in the World! by American Elephant
September 18, 2010, 9:51 am
Filed under: YouTube | Tags: ,


Seriously. You could offer me every last dollar on Earth, and I still wouldn’t do this. I couldn’t! My hands are sweaty just watching it.

Call me whatever names you like, I won’t do it, won’t, won’t, won’t, won’t, won’t! Blah!

Would you?

(via Ace)

Oooh, Bubbly! by American Elephant
September 6, 2010, 5:14 pm
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(also available in HD at YouTube)

Captain Asskicker Gets Autotuned! by American Elephant
June 10, 2010, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Humor, Music, Politics, YouTube | Tags: , , ,

If you’re not familiar with Autotune the News, you should give them a listen; they’re pumping out some of the funniest political parody anywhere, lampooning the news, politicians and pundits alike with clever editing and some pretty mad musical skills. I love em. My personal favorite so far is Autotune # 6. (They seem to take particular pleasure in pounding on Katie Couric, which suits me just fine).

And perhaps the best unintended benefit of the vids, is that you’ll actually get a more accurate understanding of the news by watching these parodies than you will by following the MSM.

(h/t MM)

The Ministry of Truth Wants Your Help!! by The Elephant's Child

Do you have any doubt that Washington bureaucrats were completely out of touch with ordinary Americans?  If you do, the Environmental Protection Agency is standing right up to reassure you — they are!.

With Americans across the country suffering from unemployment, worried about their jobs, government spending, the national debt and reeling under a wave of new taxes, fees and regulations, the EPA has offered — a contest.  And not just any old contest.  The EPA wants YOU to make a short video — just 60-90 seconds — explaining just how useful and important government regulations are.  Yes, they are completely out of touch.

The introductory video from the EPA  explains the contest, and to explain the sheer wonderfulness of regulations offers, as an example — “cash for clunkers.” Really!  Better known as the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS).  (A good acronym is important).  Don’t get too excited, the contest ends Monday, so if you haven’t submitted your video, you’re probably too late.

The video above was submitted by the Heritage Foundation, in the interest of providing a slightly different perspective.  They thought it was worthwhile to point out Washington’s habit of promoting job-killing expansive and useless regulation.  The first comment on the EPA announcement video was clear and simple:

November 2010.  Vote the bums out.

The second comment was more detailed:

From the site: “When Congress writes a statute and the President signs it, it usually doesn’t have enough detail for it to be put into effect. So, federal agencies fill in the details by issuing regulations.”
Doesn’t the U.S. Constitution entrust the Legislative Branch for writing, ahem, legislation? Why is the executive branch writing rules that have the force of law, including fines and imprisonment?
The system is totally corrupt. And they’re asking us to say how nice it is.

Perpetuum Jazzile: Slovenia Sings! by The Elephant's Child
January 26, 2010, 12:55 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Music, Politics, YouTube | Tags: ,

Slovenian a capella jazz choir Perpetuum Jazzile is back with some new recordings from their annual Vokal Xtravaganzza concert.

This is a unique combination of Slovenian composer Iacobus Gallus Carniolus’ renaissance masterpiece “Ecce qomodo moritur” with the Michael Jackson hit from the early 90s, “Will You Be There.” Enjoy!

We really like their music, I hope you do too.


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