It’s early Saturday morning here in our nation’s capital, and we’re having the storm of the century. It started snowing early last night and it’s still snowing this morning even as I write. Judging by the snow piled up on the picnic table, visible just outside our basement door, we already have at least six inches and more to come.
So, what to do on a snowed-in Saturday morning? How about a little multi-cultural music fun?
From the Wikipedia:
Vanessa-Mae (in Chinese: 陳美, Chén Měi) was born in Singapore to a Thai father (Varaprong Vanakorn) and a Chinese mother (Pamela Tan). After her parents separated, her mother married Briton Graham Nicholson, and the family moved to England when Vanessa-Mae was four years old. She grew up in London and is a British citizen. She was educated at the independent Francis Holland School in London.
She is an internationally known British pop and classical musician, especially noted for her violin skills. Her music style is self-described as “violin techno-acoustic fusion”, as several of her albums prominently feature the techno style.
On entering adolescence Vanessa-Mae broke away from her traditional classical influences and became known for her flashy, sexual style appearing in music videos in stylish outfits. Her first pop-style album, The Violin Player, was released in 1995. She appeared on the 1997 Janet Jackson album The Velvet Rope playing a violin solo on the song “Velvet Rope”.
She is truly a world-class musician. But, she doesn’t just do that elitist high-nosed classical stuff. She plays real music also. And here to prove it, I offer a YouTube music video of Vanessa-Mae playing the all-time American Redneck classic “Cotton-Eye Joe.”
Just a little something to cheer you up on this snowed-in Saturday morning.
Ringing In The Year Of The Goat : Celebrating the Chinese Year of The Goat.
The Approaching Storm : A brief musical interlude for the coming storm.
Back to School : Never to old to learn, even if you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.