Friday, January 22, 2010

Bet your kids know more Ragtime then you.......

Have your kids watch this. They will all recognize this ragtime music.
This is the theme to Animal Crossing and Yoshi's Island video games.

"K K Ragtime"

Everybody gathered around enjoying Tom Brier's piano playing! It was GREAT! This all took place during the Annual West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, CA in mid November of 2008.

"K.K. Ragtime" is the title of this melody and the composer's name is Kazumi Totaka. The piano arrangement is by Ron O'Dell and Tom Brier embellishes upon it brilliantly as usual!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ukulele Lady

This recording is sung by Daphne Walker, a famous singer from New Zeland.

Sounds fun on an old player piano. These use to be something that a lot of people had in their homes along with hundreds of rolls of songs. The paper was punched with holes and the piano would read the holes in the paper and play the notes.
My aunt had an old player piano and you would set with your feet at the base of the piano and pump a pedal as hard as possible to provide the power for the piano to play. The one in this recording is powered by electricity.