It’s Friday. Here are some random music-related links for you to peruse this weekend.
Did you know that there is a brass band in New Zealand that since 1895 performs on bicycles?
How about a bicycle brass band from Holland?
When directing an ensemble in rehearsal I often use an analogy that isolating individual musicians playing, as if we were recording everyone, would sound different than when you hear the same part played in the context with the whole ensemble. For example, a single big band trumpet part isolated might sound too short, but when the whole brass section plays that way together it comes out just right. Here’s a similar idea, listen to the vocal tracks from the Beatles isolated out of context from the rest of the parts.
An older discussion about teacher tenure and why it’s not the firing itself that is the issue, it’s how the threat of firing teachers allows other people (often not qualified or informed enough about the teacher’s job and situation) to control the teacher’s day to day work.
And lastly, something a little lighter. Here are 27 jokes only classical music nerds will understand.