A Man and His Piano: The Humour of Victor Borge

A Man and His Piano:  The Humour of Victor Borge

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.- Victor Borge

Yesterday, my 16-year-old called me up to his room, wanting to show me a YouTube video.  Expecting to see a popular YouTuber or the latest Epic Rap Battle, I was surprised when it was a video of Victor Borge.  He then told me that he had just finished watching a documentary on the famous musician and comedian.  He thought that Victor was brilliant.  This admiration comes from a shared love of music.  My son played guitar for years and has learned an appreciation of classical music as a violinist in his high school orchestra.  Add the humour of Victor’s performances and it was no surprise that he got hooked.

The Clown Prince of Denmark was born on January 3, 1909 and passed away December 23, 2000.  A magician with the piano and a wit to match, I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert at Kitchener’s Centre in the Square many years ago.  It was my very first date  with my new boyfriend (now husband).  At the time, I had no idea who Victor was.  Saying that I laughed until I cried would be an understatement. smilelaugh

So what made Victor so wonderfully entertaining?

First of all, his skill as a pianist.  Humour aside, the man was to true expert and could make any piece seem effortless.

He could laugh at himself.  He never tried to be perfect, even when he was.

He made you fall in love with classical music.  Even if you didn’t know your Vivaldi from your Mozart, you could listen to him play for hours and never be bored.  He gave classical music to the masses and we loved him for  it.

Impeccable timing.  Wondering what I mean by that?  Check out some of the videos below to see what I mean.

Victor Borge was one of the greatest musicians and comedians to ever grace the stage.  The first video is from the 22nd Kennedy Center Honors in 1999.

Enjoy!!

 

 

This video has been my son’s favourite so far.  A lesson about Mozart.

 

For my fellow writers, may I present a lesson in PHONETIC PUNCTUATION.

 

Here, a young man finds himself at Victor’s mercy when he becomes a page-turner. (sorry that the picture quality isn’t great)

 

Finally, one of his many performances with opera singer Marilyn Mulvey, who had performed for Victor for years.  (To turn off the subtitles, click the Settings button and turn off Annotations).

 

You can find more videos of Victor Borge on YouTube.

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1st Anniversary/ My Favourite Posts

1st Anniversary/ My Favourite Posts

Happy anniversary to me!

Hi everyone!  It was one year ago (April 11th to be exact) that I did my first post for this blog.  I’ve covered a fair bit of ground since then, from opinions and interviews, to poetry and reblogs.

To celebrate, I would like to share a few of my favourite posts.  These are not necessarily my most popular, but ones that I particularly enjoyed putting together.  Check them out!

Conventions:  Cosplay – as a regular attendee of Fan Expo Canada, I used this event to do a series of posts on various aspects of a typical convention.  One of my favourites was covering cosplay.  It is one of the most expressive forms of fandom that you will ever see, and the talent and originality of the costumes are always one of the highlights of any convention.

Convention Artist Interviews – These were just fun.  Liz Parkes, Ken Wheaton and Alex Chung gave me a chance to try out my interviewer skills and each offered a unique glimpse into the world of the convention artist.

The Perfect Writer’s Block – This was my first WRITER post and the how I met some of my online writing friends.  It was also my first chance to work my way back to becoming a writer.

Stephen King, Madness and the Monster – This was one of those posts that just HAPPENED.  I came across King’s essay for Playboy and it just evolved from there.

W.I.G.’s Top 20 Awesome Canadian Sci-Fi Film Stars – I will never underestimate the time it takes to do a list like this EVER AGAIN….but it was fun!  I even did a second one.

Space Oddities-08.21.2016: TNO Niku – My first Space Oddities post.  This is still one of  the coolest articles that I have come across.  Unfortunately there have been changes to the site of the second article and it can no longer be viewed.

What Is Mom Guilt Teaching Our Kids? – It’s okay to be a parent who isn’t perfect.

The Writers’ Party – Sometimes you just need a little motivation from some people who know a thing or two about the craft.

A Writer’s Conversation with Her Madness  – To keep sane, you need to go a little mad.

My own little writing quotes – For those times that you just need a boost.

Space Oddities-10.30.2016: ISS tour and Artificial Meteors – The International  Space Station and meteors on demand.  How cool is this!!!

I have really enjoyed working on this blog and it was great to stroll down memory lane.   🙂

Feel free to comment and share any posts of mine that you have enjoyed!

Thanks for everything guys!!!   🙂  🙂 🙂

 

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