Category: Watch

The Clog Dance – Royal Ballet

Men in bonnets! Clogs! Slapstick! Just another night at the ballet. La fille mal gardée at the Royal Ballet to be precise. The year of its premiere, 1789, was somewhat overtaken by a little something that would later become known…

Just Like Beethoven

Old Spice Muscle Music from Terry Crews on Vimeo. Given the technology, I see no reason why he wouldn’t have written his music like this too. Think of the third to fourth movement transition in the fifth symphony…one of the…

Jeff Desom’s Rear Window

This is what happens when you extract all of the Rear Window film footage shot from Jimmy Stewart’s point of view, stitch together and reconstruct the pieces and place them on a single plane. The artist responsible for this installation…

Fifty People, One Question

Fifty People One Question is a project that does exactly that: asks 50 people on the street a single question. They’ve done five films so far, including “where would you like to wake up tomorrow?” and “What’s your secret?”. Here’s…

As One Does: Fred Dibnah

This just in: steeplejacking is insane. Much to enjoy in the little docu aside from watching an elderly man climb an insanely tall ladder without a harness and then walk about at the top like a bipedal mountain goat. Like…

Pretty Big Dig

Miss Mussel was instantly charmed when she first saw this film at the Huntsville International Film Festival last summer. She is certain you will be too. Film by Anne Troake

The Yellow Smiley Face

or alternatively: Mère et Père v L’Ordinateur If you have grown children or are a grown child, this will be a familiar scene. Yellow Smiley Face is directed by Constantin Popescu, filmed in Romania and released in 2008

Making The Score Come Alive

@sinclairmusic from Greenwood Lake, New York brought these three minutes of loveliness to Miss Mussel’s attention this morning via Twitter. The video is a stop motion representation of Aaron Copland’s Hoedown from the ballet Rodeo (1942) created by Eleanor Stewart…

Because It’s Just So Jolly

Miss Mussel has a weakness for large groups of homogenous instruments – string quartet, cello ensemble, bassoon quartet, horn octet and even tuba choir, as long as the range and timbre variance is large. Saxophone ensembles are begrudgingly admired but…

Rowan For A Sunday

Rowan Atkinson during the 1981 Secret Policeman’s Ball. Why does Miss Mussel feel like she’s seen every single one of these moves at various concerts she’s attended? Except for maybe the air oboe. And then, of course, the Pathetique, Piano…

Supernumaries Gone Wild

Turns out being a super is Super. Serious. Business. Big props to French and Saunders for bringing this information to light.

The Artist’s Curse or Madness’ Cure?

While doing some TV watching via the interwebs this weekend, Miss Mussel stumbled upon a Horizon documentary entitled Mad but Glad that explores the idea of the mad genius. It’s a bit of a chicken and egg problem that is…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 20

Today’s installment is brought to you courtesy of Frere Mussel who is celebrating his birthday in La Suisse. The carol is Quelle est cette odeur agréable?, which is awkwardly translated in English versions as Where Is That Goodly Fragrance? The…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 17

It’s 1977, Jimmy Osmond is still a treble and powder blue was the wardrobe colour of choice for the Mormon Tabernacle costume department. Heady days in Salt Lake City, folks. With the whole Osmond family on hand to close out…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 16

Jingle Bells and Deck The Halls are carol-sing basics and for good reason. They’re peppy and have words that are easy remember and are nostalgic for a time none of us where alive to remember, so there aren’t any spoilsports…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 15

A bit of a backlog in the Calendar department these last couple of days folks. A terrible disappointment indeed, but there is a bright side, so not all is lost. What is this mysterious upside of which Miss Mussel speaks?…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 14

With its premiere performance completed a mere 22 days ago, this tune could quite possibly be the newest Christmas song around. Here are the lyrics, in case you have a special someone to serenade this season. I want a cold,…