I'm taking a break, returning Sept. 8.
I don't want to leave you empty-handed, though, so here are two very different examples of musical creativity.
I have to admit that I'm skeptical about the first one being entirely real, but it's fun even if it has been cooked slightly on someone's computer. The attached background said it is a 13,029-hour collaboration between music and engineering students (now, isn't that a stretch?) at the University of Iowa and that most of the parts came from the John Deere factory down the road. Thanks to my friend Iby Haidari for passing it along:
And this is non-traditional choral ensemble work at its best.
More than 3 million people have seen this video, so chances are you've watched it already. The group is Slovenia's Perpetuum Jazzile, known as the Gaudeamus Chamber Choir before Yugoslavia broke up and the Iron Curtain parted. As the name suggests, they went from being a classical choir to a jazz act. Director Tomaz Kozlevcar deserves the credit for this tight, engaging sound in this arrangement of Toto's "Africa:"