Monday, February 26, 2007

Damn Sting!

As usual, when my mood is gloomy and dark. I stumble upon something beautifully glorious.

Great Performances on PBS had an entire hour of Sting performing on lute. Incredible stuff. I will probably even get some sleep tonight. Check your local listings, TIVO this one.

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Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I'm a sting freak. I love that guy and his music. Sting freak, sounds like I'm into honey bee pain, huh?

5:18 AM  
Blogger Camera Obscura said...

Own the CD, watched (and sang along with, much to Hubs' dismay) the TV show.

And when I win the lottery (hah) I'm so buying his estate.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I saw him interviewed recently when he was learning to play the lute for the special. I'll keep my eyes peeled for it, (although I've always thought that expression sounded very painful.)

8:53 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i was absolutely impressed by his dedicating himself to the effort of learning as complicated an instrument as the lute. changing up his vocal style and phrasing to fit into the tenor of the songs. all just very impressive stuff.

9:02 AM  
Blogger litbrit said...

Thanks for posting that. I've always been a Sting fan--the man is brilliantly talented, and the fact that he's rather sexy too has absolutely nothing to do with anything.


He plays upright bass, too. And, I imagine, numerous other string instruments. Not the harp, though! (Right?)

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

as far as i know he does not play harp. so there sting. you're devilishly good looking, stupid rich, wildly talented, can both play and sing your ass off through many disparate genres, and have completely mastered several of them. but you can't play the harp and i can! nyeh nyeh nyeh.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's more than one kind of harp, isn't there?

- oddjob (who thinks Sting's peformance was lovely, btw)

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

just about every human culture has some version or form of the harp. they really don't deviate much from each other. i've seen and been able to riff on replicas of the harps of the ancient egyptians, b.c.e. chinese, and a few others. the fabled greek lyre was slightly different in that it was strung with the idea of producing chords rather than melodies. still, the structure, the mechanics of producing the sound were all the same. i'll probably hear from some friends in the business that sting owns and plays several harps quite well. i will tell myself "he did that in response to my taunting."

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aside from the issues of maintaining its tune (& I know how bitchy they are about that), how difficult an instrument is it to learn to play?

- oddjob (who has always thought the instrument lovely, refined, elegant, haunting, and suprisingly loud in person - maybe penetrating puts it better)

6:21 PM  

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