Monday, October 22, 2012

My Sons Can Learn Music Faster Than Anyone That Can Learn It Better

So yesterday, reader Dave left a message for my boys on The Drummer's Only Nine And He's Gone Hollywood On Us Already:
If they played requests and took Paypal they could make money right now $20 for "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees
Dave, who isn't kidding
Well, my boys have always been instructed to come home with their shield, or on it. Here ya go:



Well, there you go. The boys are homeschooled, and they practice in a room with no heat or permanent electricity. They made the video themselves, using only the ambient mike on a flip camera and Windows Movie Maker on an old computer. I've added a Tip Jar to the top of the right hand column, serviced by Google. All you need is a credit card and an email address. [ Updated: Due to overwhelming demand, we've added a PayPal option] Who wants to give them a few bucks to buy some proper musical equipment, or perhaps a hundred-watt lightbulb? The widget auto-fills five bucks. Give what you like.

The original, serviceable, but somewhat inferior version by the Neon Trees, if you're interested

34 comments:

Leon said...

man that jarred out a memory, now if only i can find the loose end. what movie was that were god calls up an angle while while he's on his way down....please help

Leslie said...

I will throw in $10, because lighting is everything. (And that made me smile.)

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Leon- It's an infomercial from the fifties for telephones. My sons put the video together themselves.

Leslie! You're a peach. Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Well I've been to two planetariums, three County fairs, a meteor shower and a puppet show and I've never seen anything more amazing than that- I'll throw in another $5 for the video and lemme know if you're game for more requests-
I looked forward to this all day but that really exceeded my wildest expectations
Thanks

Dave

Anonymous said...

Aaaaah the tip jar only does Google accounts and I ain't got one nor do I really want one- do you have a Paypal or can I go through one of the Sippican Global Conglomerates accounts?

Dave, who longs to be a patron of the fine and performing arts

Anonymous said...

Sippican:

This new technology stuff makes my head spin. How about an address and I'll send an old-fashioned check?

Thanks.

Hank

julie said...

I hate to say it, but I'm also wondering if there's an option other than Google, as I don't trust them with my wallet...

Sam L. said...

I was going to run off and let the boys bang away at it, but then I thought they might come up w/ sumpin, and by golly they did.

Google is evil and cannot be trusted with my money.

Anonymous said...

Well that was obviously too easy... another $20 for "Hard to Explain" by the Strokes. Based on the band's output so far, bass players will be calling soon for opportunities to audition. Do they have internet down at the Union Hall?
Dave

BJM said...

No way I'm giving Google credit info.

However, I'd happy to toss $10 into a Paypal hat.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi everyone- Thanks for reading and for your kind comments and support.

I have no way to offer another payment option. I've used Google Checkout for three years and hundreds of transactions. The service has been exemplary in every way.

Dave's challenge was a lot of fun, but it has also been instructive for our boys. ie: the promoter never has the money when you go to get paid.

Thanks to Leslie and Gareth and Lorraine and Philip and especially David for their support, and to Maggie's Farm and Tim Worstall for linking, and to everyone for reading and watching and commenting.

Thud said...

will do.

Declan said...

Say, has Duck Dunn come back from the dead to lend his talents to this cover? There's some mean bass in thar.

Declan said...

Say, has Duck Dunn come back from the dead to lend his talents to this cover? There's some mean bass in thar.

Tom Francis said...

Be glad to toss some coin into the pot, but I'm not going to go through Google.

Can you set up a Paypal account? It's pretty easy.

SippicanCottage said...

More thanks go out to Jan and Kathleen and Julie and Rob!

OK, everyone that demands PayPal. By dint of concerted effort, we've managed to get a PayPal button going. The process gave me a slight aneurysm, dyspepsia, and a touch of the dropsy, but we did it.

Let's see if Dave is legit!

Rob- You heard correctly. The boys were the directors and producers and writers and so forth, and ordered me around a bit, including playing bass. I made many more mistakes than they did.

Leslie said...

Will you still be able to play the bass with a bit of dropsy?

SippicanCottage said...

Interestingly, "A Bit Of Dropsy" is the name of my Englebert Humperdink tribute band.

But I digress.

SippicanCottage said...

Tom!

Tom used the new PayPal button. It worked. Huzzah!

Thanks, Tom.

Russell said...

Ok, I tossed in a couple of bucks.

Now that I'm financially invested, I expect to see a better lighting.

Anonymous said...

Alright, I was thinking all day about my challenge and I was thinking that I will also accept "Blue Sky" by the Allman Brothers, "Brown-Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, "Top of the World" by Cheap Trick, or "Amy" by Pure Prairie League. You'll find my greenbacks crispy indeed: I was thinking that perhaps the lesson for the lads to learn early was the necessity of keeping an eye on the management-

I like the new Fender amps that can sound like 1000 other amps

Dave

Anonymous said...

Also acceptable would be "Only You Know and I Know" by Dave Mason or "Overkill" by Colin Firth. But if you guys are gonna go buckwild on this I want a quantity discount...
Protip: managers always blame all the problems on the promoters

Dave

Tom Francis said...

@Dave - those are great choices, but I'm an old rock n' roller from the late 50's early '60s. So my choice would be something like "Blueberry Hill" or "Peggy Sue" which would be perfect for a single guitar, bass and drums.

Too bad they don't have a rhythm guitar - Ventures or the original Shadows version of "Apache".

Anonymous said...

Sipp: Paypal works for me. $20 on the way for your boys. God bless you and your family.

Hank

SippicanCottage said...

Hi again everyone- Thanks also goes out to Hank and Anh and Russell. The boys are thrilled with the attention and support. Many thanks!

Philip said...

I wish I could've given more. But it's been windy here; that makes it a bit difficult to collect the aluminum cans along I-10.

Tom Francis said...

How's the fund drive coming along? Do I need to go beat some people up over at Maggie's? :>)

RonF said...

After "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" came out, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention did an album whose cover was a parody of the Beatle's album. The Zappa album was titled "We're Only In It For The Money". If the kids promise to buy the songs from that album and listen to them, I'll cover the cost.

RonF said...

Understand that my musical tastes are such that I bought the Zappa album but not the Beatles' one.

Tom Francis said...

@RonF - I am a huge Zappa fan - have been for many many years.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Tom- The boys have received almost $250 dollars, from all over. Maggie's Farm featured a link to the video on Tuesday of this week, and we are grateful for it.

If you're reading this, Melissa K from down south, many, many thanks for your donation!

Golden West said...

Great stuff - late to the gathering but happy to pitch in!

SippicanCottage said...

Golden West! Many thanks.

So many nice people in the world. I'm like the nice people sink trap of the Intertunnel.

Sam L. said...

Never cared for Zappa, but there's a guy in this town who looks like the pictures of Zappa.