Like in most Aussie households, Saturday’s in hours are Dad’s Taxi days. Ferrying the youngsters around to their music one-on-one & group lessons. It’s bonding time, both quality & quantity, when I’ve barely been home the rest of the week.
Not so this weekend. The conservatorium has sensibly chosen to either cancel lessons or take them online. It’s learning time for everyone – how do teach & learn music virtually.
Both the 1:1 lesson & the group lesson have been done online. And in style. The kids adapted like ducks to water. It wasn’t perfect, sure. Asymmetric data transfer meant that there was lag. And lag means irregular rhythm. It didnt’ faze the kids who had a ball. The tutors had fun too. And interestingly, the whole family was around watching the kids orchestra have fun. I’m sure it was the same in every household too.
Telecommunication is quintessential at this time of isolation. Maybe we do miss the human touch, the spontaneous connections when we’re mobile. Many others are quite easily done using technology. Like today’s music lesson.
Time for unwinding – Bull Moose Jackson
Beautifully blending voices & some immaculate guitar-ing has got me hooked on to this music. Hope of a lifetime and Snake Eyes on the ABC National Radio. Snake Eyes will make your hair stand on end. Mine did.
Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are the Milk Carton Kids. I’ve been hooked since I heard the first song.
Sixteen minutes of bliss for a few lucky NPR staffers, provided by double bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons. From NPR Tiny Desk concerts.
Soulful – like most African music. Listen to Orchestra Baobab from 1982, performing Coumba.
Check out Abdel Wright’s songs “Quicksand” & “For the Poor“
Two great guitarists do their thing. And here’s another from 1988, “I’ll Say She Does“
A very talented bunch of Gypsy Jazz musicians doing their gig from a park bench in Central Park. Here’s another of them performing at a swing festival. A search for “The Bailsmen” on You Tube got me fabulous music from these guys.
Before he performed a duet with Anjani Thomas – “If it Be Your Will” in Warsaw, Poland (1985), Leonard Cohen had some wisdom to share