I’m sitting here listening to the Piano Guys CD and waiting for inspiration to hit. I’m really enjoying the music as I love both the cello and the piano but I’m not sure whether this elegant classical style is going to get my muse out of hiding. Nonetheless I’m going to keep writing whatever pops into my head because Bluey’s advice to just ‘write anyway’ is as good a way to get past this block as any I have discovered.
So who are the Piano Guys? The public faces of this interesting artistic endeavour are Jon Schmidt [piano] and Steven Sharp Nelson [cello], however behind the scenes are highly talented gremlins who create the amazing video clips that go with the Piano Guys music. In a very real sense the concept of The Piano Guys is a fusion of sound and image, often with a delightful sense of humour thrown in for spice.
I was first introduced to the Piano Guys through their Star Wars video clip which takes the idea of duelling light sabers to a whole new level. Steven Sharp Nelson [cello] plays the musical and visual roles of both Light and Dark and at times his bow becomes a light saber! The whole thing is fun and fantastic, great music as well.
In another video clip Nelson plays all four members of a chamber music quartet. The scene is a wedding and ‘they’ are playing Pachabel’s Canon as the bride walks very slowly up the aisle. But then one of the cellists begins to fall asleep from boredom and the music changes to a very up tempo riff upon the theme. The congregation begins to dance and my foot starts a-tappin’ as well. The clip is hilarious and takes serious classical music to a whole new level.
After seeing these two video clips I was so impressed I went to the Piano Guys website to find out who these brilliant maniacs were. I’m not a ‘joiner’ but I was so impressed I joined up as one of their founders and received their CD in the mail a few weeks later. [Everything takes forever to reach Australia].
One of the most beautiful tracks on the CD is ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables. The first time I heard it I was gobsmacked because I have never really like the sung version of that piece all that much. Somehow the lyrics and the difficult melody just never quite did it for me. It always sounded strained. The voice of the cello though is so perfect and effortless that it makes me ache with the wistful pathos of the melody. Watch and tell me what you think.
Well I don’t know about you but I am feeling a million times better. The Piano Guy’s music has soothed my frustrations and, wonder of wonders, the advice to ‘write anyway’ has actually worked. Now hopefully I’ll be able to get some work done on The Book as well. I still have to rework my ideas of how the light from twin suns would actually appear to a native of the planet but… the kettle’s on, I have lots of coffee and I’m sure I can work this out. After all, a binary system can’t be that difficult to work out… can it?
June 23rd, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Yeah, watching clips on a slow computer is so painful
June 22nd, 2012 at 10:41 pm
‘Pitch Black’ is a top film — and these guys sound like the real thing too; I’ll check them out soon as Ito my own computer: my daughter’s is sooooooooo slow 😦
June 22nd, 2012 at 1:16 pm
Just looked up Pitch Black. Might see if I can get it out on DVD. The planet sounds like it might be like Mercury but truth is I’m no astronomer and what little I know has been a pain to learn lol.
June 22nd, 2012 at 11:08 pm
You had better get some chips or other munchies to watch it with, purely for research purposes of course 😉
June 23rd, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Oh… of course! The sacrifices one makes for one’s art…..mwahahahaha!
June 21st, 2012 at 7:53 pm
I love The Piano Guys! So glad they are helping your brain-block. They seem to help number 2 son when he has lego-weaponry-block too 😉
You are on the right track for binary star research with Cello Wars, wasn’t Tatooine a binary star system?
June 21st, 2012 at 11:04 pm
Funny you should say that – my character on SWTOR has reached Tatooine but I think they cheated on showing the suns or maybe it’s always the same time of day in-game. All that research wasted 😉
June 21st, 2012 at 11:18 pm
Have you ever seen Pitch Black? They have three suns on that planet (and monsters of course) and the landscape is totally bleached out until night comes, and the monsters…..
June 21st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Sorry, that should have read Binary Star of course.
June 21st, 2012 at 10:56 pm
Didn’t even notice 😀
June 21st, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Such joy. I saw Bring Them Home first and enjoyed the passion with which they played, before turning to Pachelbel which gave me visions of my daughter’s wedding in September. She’s walking down the aisle to this and I can feel my feet tapping already.
You write a fantastic book and a brilliant blog so I forsee no problems in you sorting out a binary start system.
June 21st, 2012 at 10:55 pm
lmao – deja vu? I wouldn’t mind getting married again if those guys were ‘playing me down the aisle’! And thank you kind sir. I wish I were as confident. I’ve experimented with fruit and two different torches but working out where the two suns would be at any point in a complete cycle is mind boggling 😦
June 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Music to write by!
June 21st, 2012 at 10:52 pm
It’s lovely stuff 🙂
June 21st, 2012 at 12:08 pm
I loved the Star Wars clip, that was hilarious, I’m now going to have to check out the wedding one. thanks 😉
June 21st, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Glad you liked it 😀 Enjoy!