Friday video: Baroque lute and Violins of the World

Stringed instruments have a long and complex history dating back to ancient times and all around the world. It’s fascinating to see how variations on a basic shape and a wide variety of materials can produce so many different kinds of wonderful sounds. In my first video this week, Daniel Estrem uses the baroque lute to produce an absolutely beautiful rendition of one of my favorite Beatles songs, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. And a change of pace — if Mathias Duplessy’s music doesn’t get you moving, nothing will! I love how much these guys are enjoying themselves.

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Friday Video: Moonlight Sonata for Old Elephant

One of the ways I’ve been filling my time during the past couple of weeks of staying indoors is watching YouTube videos. And not just stuff like episodes of The Honeymooners or Pink Panther cartoons! (Although those are pretty awesome.) Yes, there’s always plenty of videos on topics I have zero interest in — but I’ve also come across some really amazing content; so it occurred to me that I may as well share some of my favorite videos here. I hope you enjoy them too.

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