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Snape enjoys Tosha’s piano practice

Our cat Snape. What can we say? He is a very social creature – loving to get right up close for attention. If that means enjoying Tosha’s piano practice right there on the keyboard – within easy petting distance – then so be it!

Video of the fun below (or watch on YouTube HERE)… […]

Twangfest 2010

Locals 'The Plastix' play at Twangfest 2010

The fourth-annual Twangfest rocked Whitchurch on 5 June 2010. There were 17 bands that performed across the 2 stages throughout the day, and that doesn’t include the ones who also took a turn on the Open Mic stage.

About 800 people descended on Testbourne on the […]

Rediscovered: The Royal Guardsmen … and Snoopy

Snoopy And His Friends, by The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy And His Friends, by The Royal Guardsmen

I am listening to one of, no, my most favourite record from my 1970s youth: Snoopy and His Friends, by The Royal Guardsmen.  I am in the process of digitizing my copy of their 1967 stereo SLP vinyl record.

The only niggle upon listening to it today: the fake British and French accents.  Have a listen: The Story Of Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron.

Mind you, I believed them to be the genuine thing when I was growing up in Canada.  Think Dick van Dyke playing Bert in Mary Poppins and you’ll know what I mean.
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Cooking Up Some Music

I think I might have caught this funny video, which cooks up some music, by a beardy man, at the start of its rise…

Beatbox Fame Game by loranger

Musical Mutterings

Logo of the band Arcade FireArcade Fire is a popular Canadian alternative music group; Again, I catch these things well after others have made them popular.  I haven’t listened to them much.  Probably all of 6 minutes so far (the same song twice).  I like them, well this song to start with; In particular, I really liked the interactive music for Black Mirror found at its own website http://www.rorrimkcalb.com/ — read that URL backwards.

Screenshot from Black Mirror interactive video by Arcade FireThe best bit is that you can choose what bits of the song to listen to – just the vocals, the bass, etc.  There’s six buttons at the bottom to select which ones to have active.  So, if you just want to know the words (no prizes for guessing that “Black Mirror” figures pretty prominently, but there is also some French spoken in there, too).  Pressing the space bar flips black to white and vice versa.

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