Category Archives: Musical Muckaround

Which in my view remains the best way to interest kids in music…

Re: StopLoveLookWalkCarryCrownDead


Playout date: 23 December 2006
Duration: 1:51
Views at the time added to HTV: 337
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 20.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 31
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This was another example of the things early youtubers did in the community, in this case it was a response to a YouTuber called Bowiechick who did a video of herself performing a song speeded up and named it using a string of verbs from the song. When you did, in the early days of YT, a video response, it automatically took the name of the video you were responding to and added the word “re” in front in the title. Now it seems to make no sense as all the responses have been decoupled, but as a memory of the features YouTube used to have when it was by the people for the people, and not Corporate special interests as it is today. Today we have been stabbed in the back, and most earlier YouTuber shave fallen by the wayside.

Unlike many of the early YT community Bowiechick is still producing videos, and you can easily find her channel.

Christmas Tree Decorating Timelapse


Playout date: 10 December 2006
Duration: 11:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,614
Likes at the time added to HTV: 7
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 13
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 35.0%
Comments at time added: 7
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Family
Genre: Family
Music used: White Christmas, and several other Christmas songs
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Plastic fir tree
Other remarks:

This was still very much in my experimental phase of making videos. We have a sped up putting together of the tree as we used to do it, with the voices of our family sped up with the actions. At the same time some Christmas music. You can hear our singing sped up. That’s how we always were, singing to each other and playing instruments the whole time. And Tatyana bouncing around. Such sweet kids.

#3 Numa Fan muckaround


Playout date: 22 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Sophie
Genre: Family, musical muckaround
Music used:
Languages used: Romanian, English
Animals featured: None

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.

We’re not all alone after all


Playout date: 11 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Office at ul Jazdow 8a, Warsaw
Other people featured: None, but wife calls.
Genre: Intro’d song
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.

Concert for Polish Grandparents


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.

Frédéric Chopin

If Freddy Chopper had really liked Warsaw, nobody was stopping him staying! As it was he left even despite the fact that Konstancja was there. That's how desparate he was to go...

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.

Karaoke Evening at Home (current video)


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!

Pool Concert (CUV)


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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:

Swimming by Night (CUV)


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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