Saturday, June 27, 2015

Alexis Being Silly

Do you have any interest in studying music theory online? Would you like THIS GUY to be YOUR professor? Yup, I thought so.  P.S. He's bona fide IRISH!!!!
#CKonline #CKComingSoon

I just did something that at this point is probably harmless yet may still be a bit dumb. It won't be the first silly or dumb thing I've ever done if I end up following through with it and if it ends up even being silly or dumb, which maybe it will not be.

I listen to a few Irish groups, Celtic Thunder being one of them. My dad has had ties to members of the group in the past - maybe played for a gig or two as a fill-in musician, I think, or something like that. I'm not sure. I was little. I've been to a few of their concerts. I like them.

Anyway, one of the younger members of the group, Colm Keegan, is advertising an online theory course on the Twitter. I actually responded and asked him about it.  I think this guy, Colm Keegan, performed in one concert I saw.

Probably the very last thing in the world I need to be worrying about right now is music theory. At one time I probably learned everything I'll ever need to know (not everything there is to know, obviously, but everything I'll need to know), but I've surely forgotten some of it by now. It's been something like at least two years since I studied theory.

Then again, perhaps the idea that I don't need to be worrying about it is the beauty of the whole thing. I do it if I feel like it. I don't if it makes me feel stressed.  What's the guy going to do?  Chase me down all the way from Ireland to issue a demerit, or report me to the Dean of Medicine at my school, who doesn't give a rat's rectum about the theory or any other aspect of music, to report that I am delinquent with regard to my music theory homework assignments? And the guy is cute.

The bottom line should probably be the cost, but what are Godparents for if not to pay for discretionary educational splurges such as this?

In an only peripherally related matter, one of the Gods of Music, Josh Groban, sang "Bring Him Home" on that Kelly Ripa show (I have no clue who the guy is who co-hosts with her). I hate to be critical of one of my idols, and I know it was very early in the a.m., but Josh was  pitchy in a few places (sharp on the second "bring him home," in the first refrain of sorts,  if I recall, and just a bit low elsewhere in a couple of places). Also, Ramin Karimloo sang the song in A (also in the wee hours of the a.m.), while Josh sang it in A-flat. In this throwdown, Karimloo wins, but I still love you, Josh, and I'll order your CD.

This is Colm keegan performing in a small venue somewhere. I chose this version of the song rather than the version in which he sings  it while performing with celtic Thunder because he's playing the piano. his singing is actually better miked on the celtic thunder version.  perhaps I'll add that one, though it is redundant to have two versions of the same artist singing the same song.

                                                   same song

1 comment:

  1. There's nothing wrong with pursuing other interests, as long as you have the time for it. Why do you think I studied music in college when I was an English major? It was a nice diversion.

    And you're right... he is very cute.