Patti (whipartist) wrote,
Patti
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On Vox: Vox Hunt: It Takes Two

Audio: Share a great duet.

How about two great duets?  It only seems appropriate.

This is one of my favorite CDs ever-- a collaboration between the ever-delightful Bobby McFerrin and the unspeakably brilliant and creative Yo Yo Ma.  OK, maybe Bobby McFerrin wasn't delightful when he did that one song... you know, the one he's famous for, but I wouldn't worry about that little detail.  Just be happy that nobody plays that song anymore.

Hush Little Baby, the title song from the album, is fun, light-hearted, and oh so playful.  It's a guaranteed mood-lifter for me-- I just can't listen to it without bopping along and smiling from ear to ear.

Flight of the Bumblebee is, well, exactly that.  I was a cellist back in the day, and a not-entirely-incompetent one at that.  When I first heard this CD, my instinct was to grab the cello out of the closet, blow a heavy layer of dust off of it, and then try to play Flight of the Bumblebee.  After about ten minutes of doing it at half-speed my fingers looked at me in disgust and went on strike.

It is Damned Difficult.

I then decided to try to sing it, just for shits and grins.  All of a sudden the cello seemed oh so much easier.  Try it now, I dare you.  Listen to the song, then try to sing Flight of the Bumblebee.  Your tongue will tie itself in knots, and if you attempt to continue your head will explode into a million tiny little pieces which will then fly across the room and sting anyone in the vicinity.

Originally posted on patti.vox.com

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