midweek music: Charlie Watts, RIP

The great Charlie Watts, the almost-bored-looking drummer for the Rolling Stones from 1963 onward, died yesterday at the age of 80. He was one of the absolute greats, and will be sorely missed.

Probably his most iconic drum riff is from the opening to “Sympathy for the Devil.” Here is the original, as well as a live version from 2006.

midweek music: Bach on boomwhackers

Five members of a French juggling troupe called Les Objects Volants got together to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude #1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier entirely using boomwhackers. It’s an impressive accomplishment of movement, music, choreography, and coordination. Bravo to the performers Jonathan Lardillier, Olli Vuorinen, Thomas Aknine, Malte Peter, and Jonas Beauvais.

Thanks to ToniAnn for the link!

midweek music: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the Muppets

Of all the many Muppet videos that have shown up on the Tube of You over the years, this lovely reinterpretation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” from 2009 remains my favorite. The best part is that during the guitar solo, Janice is playing a guitar that is a left-handed replica of Brian May of Queen’s actual guitar. (All the Muppets are left-handed, which is something I’ve always loved for some reason.)

midweek music: “Success Story”

The Who By Numbers may be the most cynically lyrical album in rock and roll history, and “Success Story” may be the most cynical song on it. Part of me thinks that the whole idea of how awful it is to make large sums of money is patently absurd, but still, there are downsides to fame and fortune. Anyhow, here’s The Who’s “Success Story.”