(The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.)
Grab yourself a beverage and some popcorn — this week's 7 quick takes are all videos. And most of them have something to do with music.
Common household objects get new assignments in this music video by OK Go:
This little video features American Idol contestant Andrew Garcia, with Cathy Nguyen helping out on the vocals, doing a medley of Michael Jackson songs. I can listen to this over and over (and I'm not even an MJ fan):
You'll admire this pianist's virtuosity, but you'll be floored by his problem-solving skills:
Kerry Livgren, former lead guitarist and songwriter with Kansas, has a movie out called The Imposter. The soundtrack includes a new version of the classic song Carry On Wayward Son, featuring vocals by dcTalk's Kevin Max.
After listening to Livgren tell the story of his quest for truth in this interview, the philosophical tone of his songs suddenly makes so much sense.
Many musicians (like Kevin Max's character in The Imposter) become trapped in addictions. (How's that for a segue?)
This week, I've been viewing the HBO documentary Addiction. The professionals they interview take a very strong stance that addiction is a disease, which is a notion of some controversy. Even if you disagree with the disease model, the documentary is worth watching.
The full-length trailer is set to Johnny Cash singing Neil Young's The Needle and the Damage Done. Here's the shorter teaser:
For this daughter of the Arizona desert, living in the upper midwest means learning to appreciate (or at least tolerate) long, cold, sunlight-deprived winters. But for the few brave souls who live on Michigan's Mackinac Island year-round, winter is a whole different thing.
The documentary Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island's Hidden Season has nothing to do with music (unless you count that scary breaking-of-giant-guitar-strings sound the ice makes when you walk on it), but the trailer does have a nice accompaniment:
This final take has nothing to do with anything.
But it's the funniest commercial... makes me laugh every time I see it. And as the writers explain in this interview, it was all done in one shot!