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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Ten of My Favourite Sci-Fi TV Theme Songs

Ten of My Favourite Sci-Fi TV Theme Songs

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Top 10 list and given my love of music, I think that this type of list was due.  I have more songs than this but to keep it simple, here are 10 of my favourite sci-fi TV show theme songs.  These are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER because I kept changing things around so much that I drove myself crazy. 🙂

All the videos are courtesy of YouTube and the composer information is courtesy of Wikipedia and Memory Alpha Wiki.

 

Buffy the Vampire SlayerNerf Herder – I have the soundtrack for the series plus The Chosen One collection.  Yeah, I liked the show.   🙂

 

Babylon 5Christopher Franke – Yeah, I have the series and the soundtrack for this one too.  I used the themes from Season 1 and 3 in my  W.I.G.’s Top Ten Sci-Fi Captains but I had to go with the Season 4 here because it was just so powerful.

 

Doctor WhoMurray Gold version – This is from the BBC Proms 2010.  What better way to listen to the theme than with a few of the Doctor’s “friends”.

 

Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine – Dennis McCarthy – Looking at all of the Star Trek themes out there, I picked this one because it just seems to “tell a story”.

 

Stargate SG-1 – Joel Goldsmith – Loved this show and had a total crush on Amanda Tapping.  🙂 – I own the series collection too.

 

Stargate Atlantis – also by Joel Goldsmith – A great spin-off to a great series.

 

Angel – Darling Violetta – The Sanctuary – I’m taking liberties here.  This is an extended version (from a Youtuber called BuffyIsRock) and mixes the seasons, but it does such an awesome job that I just had to choose it.

 

Firefly – Sonny Rhodes/Joss Whedon – The Ballad of Serenity – I could not find a copy of the opening credits AND the theme song anywhere   😦  .  Brilliant show gone before its time….thank goodness for the movie and DVD.

 

Xena:  Warrior Princess – Joseph LoDuca – The opening credits’ narration drowns out the music, so I found this video instead so that you can enjoy the amazing song in its entirety. Cool fact from the show’s Wikipedia page….

The theme music was developed from the traditional Bulgarian folk song “Kaval sviri,” sung by the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. The original “Kaval sviri” can be heard where Xena races into battle in the Hercules episode “Unchained Heart.”

 

 

….and sometimes you just have to go with a real classic…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Stu Phillips – This show was one of the reasons that I fell in love with sci-fi in the first place.

 

 

If you liked this post, and my sci-fi captains post above (see Babylon 5), feel free to click below and see who I think are some of Canada’s top sci-fi film stars.

W.I.G.’s Top 20 Awesome Canadian Sci-Fi Film Stars

 

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Julie’s Greenroom on Netflix

Julie’s Greenroom on Netflix

The magic of Julie Andrews and Jim Henson Productions is coming to Netflix!

Mark your calendars for March 17th!

Julie Andrews is coming to Netflix with an incredible pre-school program that will be teaching children about the arts.  Music, comedy, acting, dance and some famous faces will be joining her.

I am so excited to see this show, even if I may be a few years older than the target demographic.  😉

The official announcement was back in June and obviously I was under a rock somewhere and missed it.  😉

Check out the these two YouTube trailers and click the IMDB link for more information.

 

IMDB – Julie’s greenroom

 

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