Sitting with my kid, watching the "Payphone" music video for the first time. The flick looks like a typical American action movie, I tell him. There's a bank robbery, shots are fired, there's stupid heroism, there's a beautiful girl, there's a car chase, there's police, there are helicopters. The only thing that's missing is explosions... There were explosions.
Driving in my car this morning, I had an idea for a new reality show. It will be called "Israel (or America/whatever) has no more talent", and it will feature famous, established singers in the industry. The judges will have to decide, whether these people really know how to sing, or have lost it (never had it?) at some point along the way. The winner of each round will be demoted from the status of "singer" to the status of "bathroom singer" and will remain there until the end of their natural life. I can think of several people who can win this event hands down.
People say that they choose music according to their current mood. Well, I think it's the other way around. Music has tremendous effect on your mood. If you are in a neutral kind of mood, and you hear something depressing, you'll get depressed, and the other way around. Don't be lazy, put on a disk you like, or switch channels on the radio if they start broadcasting all kinds of "dark days of war" stuff.
Since my first post about the Jew's harp, there has been some development on the net (sites such as YouTube and Imeem have appeared, yeeha!). Here you can see a short video that covers a wide variety of shapes and sounds describing this instrument. I heard a few interesting performances during the Israeli didgeridoo festival, but regrettably haven't got any recorded. For those interested in what the lady says (English translation), it's in the info column of this video on YouTube (press "more info").