Interview with Brian May, lead guitar player of the group Queen about his Red Special guitar that he and his father built from scratch. The “Whammy bar” is made out of one of his mom’s old knitting needles. Perfect.
They Might Be Giants isn’t a group I follow or listen to although I know they’re quite popular. Somehow I love the names “Istanbul” and “Constantinople.” Don’t know why but I’ve head them rattling around in my head since I was a kid; my father’s mother came through Constantinople on her way to the US so I first heard the name as a kid no doubt. This is great stuff, love all of their gizmos and fun.
Glen Gould was a musical genius, no doubt about it. Many thought and think he was mildly autistic but whether he was or wasn’t he had odd quirks which made and in retrospect make him a fascinating character.
Gould was known for his vivid musical imagination, and listeners regarded his interpretations as ranging from brilliantly creative to, on occasion, outright eccentric. His piano playing had great clarity, particularly in contrapuntal passages, and extraordinary control. He was considered a child prodigy, and in adulthood was also described as a musical phenomenon. As he played, he often swayed his torso in a clockwise motion.