At the end of the day …. “The Piano Guys …. Jungle Book/Sarabande …. “!!


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~~May 4, 2016~~ 

MAYAN STYLE

Chichén Itzá is a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the 6.5-sq.-km. ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls.

Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings’ sophisticated geometry.
Address: Yucatan, Mexico
Culture: Maya civilization

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza

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Story behind the song
Spanish Translation here: http://goo.gl/kHdgTE

The quest to serenade the Seven Wonders continues …

A few years back we set what seemed at the time an impossible goal: to film music videos on all Seven Wonders of the World.

Now we are nearly half-way there. We started by scaling the Great Wall of China, performing in feng shui fashion “Kung Fu Panda” in harmony with Chopin. Next we paid homage to the Christ Redeemer Statue in Rio, Brazil, dedicating “Gabriel’s Oboe” (from “The Mission” soundtrack) coupled with the beloved hymn “How Great Thou Art.

And now we present the third Wonder, Chichén Itzá.

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The Jungle Book/Sarabande~~

Mayan Style

~~Published on May 3, 2016~~

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Thus far our tradition has been to mix timeless classical music with contemporary film scores. We also love infusing local and historical culture in our arrangements. For this Wonder we wanted to stay true to this tradition while simultaneously nailing “jungle harmony,” as a famous cartoon bear once coined in Disney’s Jungle Book!

But in this decision we were confronted with an entangling challenge — to effectively blend the cacophony of Disney Jazz, classical music, Mayan heritage, all while making it epic enough to be filmed in front of a massively-historic, world-renowned stone temple!

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First, it was vital that we carefully, thoughtfully pay proper respect to the “wonder” of “El Castillo,” its surrounding artifacts, and the Mayan spirit that pervades Chichén Itzá.

The Mayans were an incredible people — adept astronomers, unprecedented builders, and incomparable artisans. Their ability to use architecture in an acoustic way especially impresses us. For instance, you can stand upon a step at one end of the plaza and be heard clearly on a step at the opposite end. 

Filming it in just the right vein was just as challenging. We wish to sincerely express our deepest gratitude to the National Archeology and History Institute Cultur Yucatan for allowing us the profound privilege of filming at Chichén Itzá. Were it not for them and their warm hospitality this video shoot would not have been possible.

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At the end of the day … “Adele’s ‘Hello’…. Meets Mozart’s Lacrimosa”!!


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~~February 1, 2016~~ 

STUNNING

Cello, it’s me.

I was wondering if after all these centuries you’d like to meet.

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When Adele’s ‘Hello’ Meets Mozart’s Lacrimosa

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The meeting of Adele‘s “Hello” and Mozart‘s “Lacrimosa” is actually quite gorgeous. Made up of 100 acoustic and electric cellos, it is “a musical experiment bridging 18th century spiritualism and 21st century secularism,” though the two pieces might have more in common than you think.

Coming to us from The Piano Guys, the song has no pianos in it, but it does have an arrangement by Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson (that’s Nelson on those cellos). They affectionately refer to their hybrid song as “Chello” or “Hellocrimosa.”

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You might not recognize “Lacrimosa” by name, but you have most certainly heard it before.

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http://nerdist.com/adele-mozart-cello-arrangement-lacrimosa-hello/

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~~Adele’s Hello Meets Mozart’s Lacrimosa~~ 

~~Published on Jan 28, 2016~~

Story behind the song

Imagine Mozart and Adele in the same room in an intense co-write session, quill and pen in hand, respectively. Picturing this hypothetical hangout helped to spark the creative combination of the two.

Haven’t heard “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem? It is a powerful piece of music. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhYCa…

As you can hear, both tunes’ divergent traits presented challenges. One wallows in a wide, painstakingly minor 12/8 time and the other drives a poignant bi-polar major/minor common time. One draws its power from the fullness of a grand chorus and orchestra, the other from the isolation of a lone voice and piano. One conforms to age-old counterpart canon and musical theory, while the other is conveyed via verse/chorus pop song parlance. However, they share the same fundamental feeling — “Lacrimosa” (meaning “weeping” or “tearful”) mournfully bemoans spiritual death, while “Hello” gripes about relationship regrets. Different centuries. Different realms. Same emotion. Perhaps we aren’t as far from our predecessors as we think we are.

You’ll hear towards the end of the tune an attempt by both motifs to meet in the middle as the two textured melodies intertwine. In their respective stories both plead for reconciliation. Neither seemed to find it apart, but together they sing of a second chance.

The sounds you hear were created by 100 tracks of acoustic and electric cello, an instrument that has been emoting for centuries – an apt candidate for the task of tying together “Hellocrimosa” (our alternate affectionate title).

This video was filmed at one of our favorite locations: Tuacahn Amphitheatre, utilizing different patterns and settings of giant mirrors, diffused light, and some very cold fog. How is the camera not reflected in the mirrors?

Simple. Magic!

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At the end of the day …. “Rock Meets Rachmaninoff”!!


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~~February 1, 2015~~ 

Ending the day with a strong, inspiring musical piece blending two styles: classic and rock.

The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson and formerly by Tel Stewart.

Jon Schmidt is perhaps one of the most relevant pianists of our time. This is a brilliant adaptation of Rachmaninoff. Another impressive work from The Piano Guys.

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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff  (1 April 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.

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~Rock Meets Rachmaninoff~

~Uploaded on Jul 25, 2011~

Story Behind the Song

“When my son was starting his band at 15 years old, he liked to show me guitar and drum discoveries he found on YouTube. Having never played in a band myself, I now appreciate the coolness of things like double bass pedaling and guitar sweeps because of him. Rock meets Rachmaninoff combines 2 of my favorite musical influences:

Rachmaninoff and my awesome son, Spencer.”

Jon Schmidt

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“Secrets” ….. Two versions!!


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~~August 5, 2014~~

I was familiar with The Piano Guys version. Recently, I heard on the radio the melody with lyrics. I started looking and found OneRepublic.

What is a “secret”?

Kept hidden from others: known to only a few people.

Keeping information hidden from others.

Secrets never stay secret. Somehow they always come out in the open.

And there’s always more than one version!

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It’s better when said through music ….. 

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~LYRICS~

I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess

‘Til all my sleeves are stained red
From all the truth that I’ve said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw me wink, no
I’ve been on the brink, so

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Tell me what you want to hear
Something that’ll light those ears
I’m sick of all the insincere
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

This time
Don’t need another perfect lie
Don’t care if critics ever jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

My God
Amazing how we got this far
It’s like we’re chasing all those stars
Who’s driving shiny big black cars

And everyday I see the news, all the problems that we could solve
And when a situation rises, just write it into an album
Send it straight to gold
but I don’t really like my flow, no so

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Tell me what you want to hear
Something that’ll light those ears
I’m sick of all the insincere
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

This time
Don’t need another perfect lie
Don’t care if critics ever jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

Oh, got no reason, got no shame
Got no family I can blame
Just don’t let me disappear
I’m gonna tell you everything

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that’ll light those ears
I’m sick of all the insincere
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

This time
Don’t need another perfect lie
Don’t care if critics ever jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that will light those ears
I’m sick of all the insincere
So I’m gonna give all my secrets away

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This time
Don’t need another perfect lie
Don’t care if critics ever jump in line
I’m gonna give all my secrets away

All my secrets away
All my secrets away

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~~OneRepublic – Secrets~~

~~Uploaded on May 12, 2010~~

Music video by OneRepublic performing Secrets. (C) 2009

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There’s another awesome version!! 

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~~Beethoven’s 5 Secrets – OneRepublic~~

(Cello/Orchestral Cover)

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~~Uploaded on Feb 9, 2012~~

Story behind the song

The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic (Youth Orchestra) and its director, Kayson Brown, approached us with this idea. We loved it. It combined two of the things we are working to accomplish — inviting people to classical music and inspiring young musicians. Steven Sharp Nelson had soloed with the orchestra the previous year and loved the spirit and the talent that the orchestra showed at such young ages (ages 13-18!) Together we developed the concept of “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets,” combining OneRepublic’s tune “Secrets” with melodies and moments from all four movements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

We used 5 different melodies from the 4 movements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (not including the “bridge” the orchestra plays in the middle). Try to guess where they are and where they come from!

What are Beethoven’s secrets? He had many. His most prominent secret that he desperately tried to keep from the public and that caused him to be considered extremely eccentric, irritable, and hermit-like was his “weakness.” He was deaf during most of his life. Imagine that one of the greatest composers that ever lived could hardly hear. And yet, he wrote his life’s greatest works after becoming deaf. He believed that art itself had “secrets” that had to be “forced into” in order to obtain art’s highest level. There is no doubt Beethoven discovered many of the “secrets” of art — people all over the world enjoy them every day. He was a true master of music, blessed by God.

This piece and video are dedicated to him.

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