"Then the world discovers as my book ends how to make two lovers of friends."
This past winter, I was tickled to discover composer/songwriter Katie Thompson's music. Whenever I need a "pick me up", I search YouTube for some of her stuff.
I'm not the only one who loves her, and there are usually many options of performances to choose from for the same song. One of the things I love about her music (besides it's quirky humour) is that it is so visual. Yep. It's actually better if you can watch the performer. And if the performer has great comedic timing.
Katie's music is funny and irreverent and so, so true to what we all really think (but don't usually put to music. ;-D)
Here are a couple of my faves:
I love Kate Jaeger's rendition of "I'm Not Pregnant, I'm Just Fat!" Not only is this the best recording of this song, it is also the best comedic performance of it I have seen. However, I also have to give a shout-out to Bonnie Milligan for her version (and her amazing voice!)
"I'm Too Pretty" was the song that introduced me to Katie's work, and Frankie Grande was the first person I heard sing it. I have watched several talented female performers do it, too, and they all did great. However, even though it is not the best recording, I still love Frankie's version, because the added irony of a male singing the song (and his amazing comedic timing) makes it even more hilarious. However, shout-outs to Marriand Torres for her amazing vocal and comedic performance and also Claire Buchignani. (This song has a LOT of versions on YouTube, and I have not had time to watch many of them. Go 'head--knock yourself out in the "related videos" suggestions.)
Happy Friday, folks! Which one was your favourite?
Sometime within the last year, I stumbled onto the work of Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens on YouTube, a husband and wife who have built independent careers (although they do sometimes work together) by creating high-quality a capella covers of great music, usually "geeky" or musical theatre stuff, and they often collaborate with other artists who are building their careers the same way.
Seeing the way that they have utilized the power of YouTube, networking, and social media in conjunction with their considerable talent to make a career doing something they love to do has been incredibly inspiring to me.
Here is a beautiful cover of "The Last Goodbye" from "The Hobbit" that Peter recently released.
And another of my favourites: "Baba Yetu" (The Civilization IV theme, of all things!) featuring Malukah. Just love this whole piece of music, and the arrangement is great. (Okay, this is the only arrangement of it I have heard. But I love it.)
I'll be sharing more of my favourite Peter and Evynne videos in the future.
Who is your favourite "YouTube artist"?
Happy Friday, friends!