All posts by Jeff Esworthy

The complete Chico Marx piano collection

The Marx Brothers, photographed in 1931; top to bottom: Chico, Harpo, Groucho and Zeppo. (Ralph F. Stitt / U.S. Library of Congress)

There was a time when piano playing was fun. I stumbled across this online the other day and it was the most entertaining thing I’ve seen in a long time. I wonder if Lang Lang and Murray Perahia have mastered the pistol trick?

How to make a carrot clarinet

Freshly picked carrots (MPR photo/Julie Siple)

It’s the time of the year when carrots and other root vegetables are in season. If you’ve got an extra carrot from your garden, CSA share or farmers market, why not turn it into a clarinet?

In this video from TEDx in Sydney, musician Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet within five minutes. The resulting instrument sounds surprisingly good. Watch here:

And the funny thing is, the carrot is pretty much unharmed, so if you get hungry from playing, you can just eat the instrument when you’re finished.