Category Archives: Musical Muckaround
Which in my view remains the best way to interest kids in music…
|Playout date:||22 October 2006|
|Other people featured:||Sophie|
|Genre:||Family, musical muckaround|
|Languages used:||Romanian, English|
Early YT legend (and one of my sources) Brookers did a muckaround video called #1 Numa fan, to which someone else called Ognog responded with #2 and this was intended as a response to that, although right now that film has faded into obscurity with only 70 thousand hits to Brookers’ 7 million for the original muckabout, and this one by is only had 700. Leading to the observation that you loose two zeroes off the end whenever you go back one “generation” in spoofing something. Only one in a hundred people actually look at responses, it would seem!
What this all is is part of that whole craze from about 5 years back about the so-called “Numa” song. It was actually “Dragostea din tei” or “Love from the linden trees” by Hajducii, or the Outlaws, a Romanian group who managed to become the Summer hit of the year with this dancey tune. The lyrics to the chorus go “Vrei sa pleci dar nu ma, nu ma iei, nu ma nu ma nu me iei” and the repetition of “nu ma” gave the song its English name. It’s a bit like the Japanese hit Sukiyaki, which received that name as nobody could say “Ue wo muite arukou”.
The chorus in Romanian actually means “You want to leave, but you are not taking me” and the nu ma is ‘Not me’, so that it sounds like the “not me” song.
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|Playout date:||11 October 2006|
|Location:||Office at ul Jazdow 8a, Warsaw|
|Other people featured:||None, but wife calls.|
|Music used:||Rita Coolidge, We’re not alone|
|Languages used:||English, Russian|
|Animals featured:||Fish in tank behind|
You might think that you’re alone In the office in the evening and able to sing a song for your admiring public who put more dislikes than likes in the marks, but that is in fact not the case. There’s always the mobile telephone to contend with. Huli gets caught by the missus whilst attempting an all time favorite by the incomparable Rita Coolidge.
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One of my Polish viewers who now lives in the UK didn’t believe that concerts on Grandma and Granda‘s day (near the end of January) are marked with concerts all over Poland, as she didn’t remember any from her school days.
The fact is that this piece of Polish charm was actually imported from the United States during the 1980s! It seems like the typical piece of socialism hangover, but the funny thing about Poland in the eyes of an Englishman is that a lot of things which we are tempted at first glance to write off to the Communist era actually has a completely different explanation.
That’s why you still see May holidays, Red plaques by buildings, military parades all over the place, grandparents’ day concerts and the habit of putting the water in the cup in restaurants without the bag – which I always assumed to be an East Europeanism until I got precisely the same in the States. Some of these things which the British would wave off as Sovietisms actually come from a totally different direction.
ANYWAY, this was Sophie’s first ever piano recital in front of a hall full of people. We thought she was going to be given a proper piano and not this joke of an instrument. Notice also how the music teacher doesn’t give any credit for the talents of the piano playing kids to their teachers (Sophie’s teacher is sitting with Irina and me in the audience cringing with the amateurishness of it all) as naturally there is nothing of the sort available in the State curriculum. The appalling song at the end about Warsaw being Chopin‘s city (which he dreamed of nothing but escaping, despite his liking for one girl there) which has been shoved out at kids in all the Warsaw schools just as a recorded karoke piece – although the sheet music is available on the internet just in case any Warsaw school music teacher can actually read musical notation. Some pieces were played by the music teacher not on the tape recorder, that fine baroque instrument, but on a guitar of which 1 of the 6 strings was absent and I think she knew a good 4 or 5 different chords.
I didn’t write all of this in the YT description and discussion, I’ve saved it for here as I like to give you a separate perspective on here, or why would you come? The videos are all on YT and some of you have already watched them once.
Please add your thoughts on musical education in schools, including answering the poll on what the government policy should be.
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It was a quiet winter evening in, and I was singing to my wife a few of her favorite pieces, and then remembered I could be recording it for a few more folk to have some fun and share the moment.
So here we are. Most of them sung not very well, but I haven’t edited it just to keep the better ones in, as that wouldn’t be real and I am all about keeping it real.
If you can, enjoy!
We’re continuing the footage from our 2010 summer holiday, which is only now, six months later, appearing on YouTube – such being the effects of the new “hundred rule” I’ve implemented. At least we have a bit of summer in winter time.
In this video my aunty and uncle appeared from several hours drive further south in France where they live and stayed a few days. Sophie decided to give a bit of a concert in the pool and some feats of swimming.
And here’s the result.
OK, Poll time. You heard some Abba on this, and you could see how it bridges three generations. Now the question:
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Here we have the fourth in our French Holiday series from July 2010, near Tours. Here we see Sophie having a swim as it gets dark and she also gives voice to a couple of her favorite pieces.
One of the aspects here that didn’t show up too clearly were these huge stag beetles which were flying around. They only really put in a big appearance at dusk for about 15 minutes and then they were not in evidence – too dark for them to fly or at least be seen. But they make a racket also so we would have known if they were flying.
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|Playout date:||11 September 2006|
|Other people featured:||None|
|Music used:||Karaoke track of Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers|
This is probably the most disliked-to-liked video in my whole history of fillummakering, and it is not hard to see why. The rendition is dire. There’s no other word for it. But this stays in as proof of my dogged determination not to flinch at criticism, but to let it happen!
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Playout date: 10 September 2006
Location: Home, Ochota
Other people featured: Sophie, Aunty Irina
Music used: Impromptu music composed by me
Languages used: English, Russian
Animals featured: None
Just mucking around this time. Impromptu, random music based on some chords I threw together a few seconds earlier. Sophie was six and this is a nice memory of the way she was at the time.
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Production date: 5 July 2006
Playout date: 5/7/2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: None
Location: Home on terrace
This short piece with me singing the crocodile song from Walt Dismal’s Peter Pan as Sophie rides her blow-up croc in the pool we had mainly for me, four years later, shows up the toys that really stood the test of time (we still have the slide and the plastic truck George is on, but the rocking-horse is gone. The croc is still with us and went to France this summer – where it would have stayed if I hadn’t intervened!). In the main there is far less stuff in general on the terrace – we didn’t have even room for a pool this year!
This has been watched quite a bit, and the stats have been steady at about 500 a month.
Production date: 19 June 2006
Playout date: 19/6/2006
Camera: Logitech webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker with effects
Location: Strategia Office on Jazdow, Warsaw.
This is a random piece of mucking around in the office with Sophie, incorporating a bit of Chinese and a bit of Romanian, and showing for the first time the office fish tank. As many viewers actively disliked this as liked it, so not exactly my finest hour, but still more than a thousand a year have seen it. It was an attempt to jump on the numa bandwagon, which may account for the views, as I do understand that Chinese people per se don’t actually go on YouTube…
Actually, the high viewer number is probably due to my expolitation of the central scene where I added in a small film I had made in the Dominican republic when I had a miniscule memory card. It was part of a local samba show. People probably expected to see a leggy dancer and saw me messing about instead, and voted it down.