Fun Fridays

Fun Fridays – February 26, 2021

Virtuoso is almost too easy of a word to describe the artist in today’s video.

Alexandr Hrustevich + Vivaldi + ACCORDIAN???

You will have one of two reactions to this genius in relation to your own talent: (1) Aspire to greatness. (2) Crawl under a blanket and ponder your existence.

Just kidding.

I’d rather you do the first. Take a moment to contemplate the hours of practice and the millions of mistakes that came first. Then appreciate the effort. This isn’t a virtuoso performance because Alexandr woke up one morning already accomplished. He had to work to get to this point.

What will you do this weekend that improves your ability? Doug Wilson calls it “ploductivity.”

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Fun Fridays – February 19, 2021

When it comes to singing, I’m a bass. When listening to music, I’ll often pick out the bass line and sing along. With today’s video, I could keep up for the first couple of verses; and then Geoff Castellucci sank lower than thought humanly possible with his voice and made …

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Fun Fridays – February 12, 2021

I claim no originality. Nor do I claim responsibility for any groans, hiccups, or spitting of coffee. Enjoy! Twenty Corny Word Puns to Brighten Your Day When is a door not really a door? When it’s really ajar. How do you organize an astronomer’s party? You planet. What do you …

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Fun Fridays – February 5, 2021

This dance performance is one of the most poignant visual representations of the writing life I’ve ever seen. Of course, the music is perfect–one of my all-time favorite compositions. But it is the creativity of the choreography and the flawless execution of the dancer that had me from the start. …

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Fun Fridays – January 29, 2021

If it is your birthday today or this week, you are in luck! Today’s fun video is a delightful reimagining of the famous song by pianist Nicol Pesce. Taking something very familiar and producing something new is one of the things each of you have to do with your writing. …

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Fun Fridays – January 22, 2021

Today’s video is a beautiful expression of ice dancing by Oona and Gage Brown who are part of Team USA. The precision is amazing when seeing it so close and from ice level. While you should enjoy this video, there are a couple of things to note.First, it was 6:45 …

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Fun Fridays – January 15, 2021

Ah, the good old days of in-person writers conferences. Where writers gather around their favorite teacher to share in the experience of learning together. Today’s video is a metaphor of those good ol’ days. Not that any of you are of the simian variety. (!!!!) [If you cannot see the …

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Fun Fridays – January 8, 2021

For the first Fun Friday of the new year I found this video that can only make you blink a couple times with a “huh?” then smile and think, “This is the perfect song to end 2020.” HAH! Who knew this orchestra even existed? [If you cannot see the embedded …

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Fun Fridays – December 18, 2020

One singer. But with a seemingly infinite array of harmonies and outfits! Jacob Collier outdid himself with this gorgeous arrangement. Apparently he posted an Instagram photo of his recording with the statement you musicians will understand: “1 1/2 semitones sharp, so I don’t get bored.” Five and one-half minutes of …

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