Words on World Music

Music And The Next Mountain

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

It must be like reaching the summit after a perilous climb, and gazing out on the top of the world in all it’s glory and then seeing that one other peak over there that’s definitely higher than where you are right now. That has to be why people scale Everest, so they never have to experience that disappointment again. Musicians can be like that. Remember Walk Off The Earth, the five peeps that covered Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know on a single guitar? They performed this stupid human trick on Ellen and she quipped back, “Wow, it’s a good thing y’all don’t play ukulele.” Enter The Waffle Stompers, a six piece band who have covered Walk Off The Earth’s cover and bettered Ellen’s challenge by 1, playing Somebody I Used To Know on a single ukulele. Check it out at viralviralvideos.com.  I think it’s a safe bet you won’t see 7 people playing the song on piccolo but I’m not holding my breath. For the flip side of this silliness, we go to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates where we meet Ebin Rec George, a 20 year old bio-tech grad who’s going for a Guinness World Record. In a programme he’s calling Nothing Is Impossible he will play 20 different instruments for one hour. If successful he will establish an entirely new record that’s never been tried before. He is reluctant to list all of the 20 instruments that he will be playing during the musical fusion programme, though he claims he can play drums, piano, bass guitar, Arabic drums, recorder, soprano saxophone and harmonica to start. He’s been asked to capture the attempt on video for verification, something I’m sure he was planning on doing anyway because, naturally, it’ll go viral.

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