It was Stanley Kubrick who first introduced us to the idea that classical music is great for outer space in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here’s an example from real life — a GoPro camera mounted inside a rocket booster as it tumbles to Earth, accompanied by the strains of the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II.
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?
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?
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.