I really enjoy vocal music and acapella in particular. When Sam Robson, one of my favourite acapella artists, recommended this acapella cover of the J-pop hit "Valentine", I immediately stopped everything to listen. All I can say is WOW! Such a delight!
(I just realized that the vocalist is the original artist, Asako Toki. She is well known for her contemporary interpretation of "City Pop" and contributed to its revival in the 2010s. Here's the original version of "Valentine".)
A friend just introduced me to the American folk pop duo Lily and Madeleine. They are sisters and they write and perform their own music. Oh, they have such lovely voices!
Several of my friend either sing opera or are serious opera buffs. In a gathering last week, Anna Russell's hilarious 22-minute synopsis of Wagner's Ring Cycle came up during our conversation. Several were unfamiliar with it. What?! How can that be! So, here it is in 3 formats:
I'm not quite sure when I became aware of Jacob Collier and his music but I'm now obsessed! He has been called a "wizardly English singer-songwriter-arranger-producer". – basically, he is a musical genius. Not all of his music works for me, but when it does, wow! Here's the video that made him famous, a cover of Stevie Wonder's Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing. (Quincy Jones called him up immediately after viewing it!) Jacob recorded this at the age of 19 in his room at home. He arranged the music, played all the instruments, and sang all the parts. Just fantastic! If you click to watch this video on the YouTube website, the next song on the YouTube playlist is fun too. It's a cover of All Night Long with the support of Take 6. (Since this first video he has won 4 Grammys.)
Below the video of the Stevie Wonder cover is the video of his Tiny Desk Concert (done at his home). Fantastic as well.
And these are just 2 of many articles that try to explain his musical genius.
Oh, goodness, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain makes me laugh every time! They are very talented ukulele players, of course, but their covers of various pieces are inspired! My favourites are Wuthering Heights, played as jazz, and The Pinball Wizard as a sea shanty. Yes, it works!
On YouTube you can also find videos of complete concerts. Once you start watching the first video, YouTube will automatically play the next one on the list. So much fun!
Here's one concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLleSrj_CHo
I'm stepping back from social media so this is where I share links that I think others might enjoy. They will rarely be related to photography though!