This Makes Me Happy (Afternoon Open Thread)

The astounding guitar chops aside, I particularly admire the 14-year-old’s insouciance. Rock on, little sister. [via Gawker]

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    imonlylurking says:

    An open thread, good.

    I’d really like to smack Manny’s former owner. He’s got advanced gum disease and is going in tomorrow to get some extensive (expensive!!) dental work done. He’s going to have multiple teeth pulled-they are just gray blobs at this point. The vet was appalled.

    My roommate has a line on a foster home for him-the woman has other dogs (which he is used to living with and clearly misses) and 7 acres so he will be able to get some exercise. We would love to keep him-he is just the sweetest boy-but the cats are not amused and are retaliating.

    He already expects walks from both of us-I wasn’t going to take him out this morning because my roommate got up early and took him out already, but he gave me such a sad look when I was about to walk out the door, I had to grab the leash. I thought he was going to bounce through the door!

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    wmd says:

    She’s from France it looks like, so the insouciance is cultural.

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    mclaren says:

    That video will be taken down within 15 minutes due to alleged copyright infringement. In Shithole America, nothing can be permitted to occur without some giant monopoly corporation vampiring cash out of it.

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    cleek says:

    this is exactly why Eddie used to do this stuff with his back to the audience. damned 14 year old girls be stealing his technique!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I ended up buying a young Irish musician’s EP on iTunes because I loved her ukulele cover of “Hey Ya” so much. She’s a very talented kid.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Here’s the same girl five years ago playing classical guitar.

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    scav says:

    Best I can manage is a pained laugh from this juxtaposition.
    Atheists Are Good if They Do Good, Pope Francis Says
    (gee, um, thanks, I was really worried)

    Records show Chicago Jesuits hid sex crimes

    Internal church records released Tuesday show that Chicago Jesuits consciously concealed the crimes of convicted sex offender Donald McGuire for more than 40 years as the prominent Roman Catholic priest continued to sexually abuse dozens of children around the globe.

    One letter written in 1970 by the Rev. John H. Reinke, then president of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, described McGuire’s presence at the school as “positively destructive and corrosive.” Instead of insisting he be removed from ministry or sent to treatment, Reinke suggested a transfer to Loyola University.

    “This whole situation has been so muddy and troublesome I just wanted to get it out of my mind from time to time,” wrote Reinke, who died in 2003. “Anyway, here it is, for the files and the record. … There is little hope of affecting any change. … He cannot be corrected.”

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    jl says:

    Not my type of guitar hero(ine) stuff, but wow, the technique is impressive.

    “Get off my grass you damned kids”? Shouldn’t that be “Get off my lawn you damned kids”?

    Or is that some superannuated hippie yelling at some college punk who just sat on his bag of weed?

    I am not aware of all internet traditions.

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    I started a blog (a friend of mine likes my writing and suggested it, and I thought, hey, why not).

    So why am I mentioning this? Yes, 5% blogwhoring, although there’s only the one post right now, which is just a roundabout way of saying “hello,” so there’s not much to whore — more like bloghinting right now.

    But 95% because FYWP. Is it because I set it up from my iPad, or is the free WP setup way more complicated than it needs to be?

    (I chose it over Blogger because I wanted simpler commenting. So whoever you two or three commenters are that show up someday, you’re welcome.)

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    Mnemosyne says:


    That’s pretty freaky — my brother went to Loyola Academy (which is a high school), as did several other people I know.

    If the church had handled the offenders “internally” by, say, sending them off to monasteries where they would have zero contact with anyone under 18, a whole lot of heartache and abuse could have been avoided.

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    @scav: The Chicago Tribune link is borked.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Mnemosyne: Impressive! I play the ukulele…very badly, but it’s fun. Do you know about Gus & Fin?

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    piratedan says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: TRMS mentioned it last night indicating that McConnell has stated that He won’t filibuster the bill. Now does that mean that Rand Paul or Ted Cruz or Imhofe will let it fly, who knows. Plus McConnell could be playing the long game, he knows that this is part of the damage control that R’s have to do to win minority voters but whether or not the TP caucus in the House will let this pass is another case of I’ll believe it when I see it.

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    MattR says:

    @Mnemosyne: Have you heard Jake Shimabukuro (probably not my favorite cover of his, but it is the one that first brought him attention)? PBS just ran a special on him a couple weeks ago.

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    @Betty Cracker: Another uke player! I just got my third uke — an adorable Dolphin soprano. The thing looks like a toy, but a setup and good strings and that toy sounds surprisingly good. (I have a couple of concert ukes as well — long story as to why I have two).

    Have you ever seen/heard Jake Shimabukuro?

    ETA: Or what MattR said.

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    Cassidy says:

    @cleek: Which technique do you speak of? The be drunk and spend the next 30 years making a living off 30 y/o guitar riffs? Prima Donna? Pissing off two amazing frontmen?

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    scav says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Damn, sorry, off dealing with me mudder’s bday. Better ChiTrib?

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    @piratedan: I am not too hopeful, plus who knows what is in those amendments.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    The thing about her demeanor reminds me of this story someone told in the jazz world a while back about someone taking his nephew to see Wes Montgomery play, and the kid, unfamiliar with jazz and used to musicians jumping all over the place, didn’t know what to make of this guy just sitting there on stage, playing, with seemingly no “performance” at all. When he asked his uncle why the difference he replied “They’re all running around looking for it. Wes has already found it.”

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Fried green tomatoes makes me happy.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I am not too hopeful, plus who knows what is in those amendments.

    And now to test your knowledge of the United States, Mister Gutierrez. Please recite the U.S. Constitution, including amendments, from memory.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Karen in GA (who really needs a better name): I am familiar with JS! I have a Kala tenor and an even cheaper little pineapple that my daughter has pretty much co-opted. I’m terrible, but it’s the first instrument I’ve ever attempted to play, and it’s fun.

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    scav says:

    Spent some time once trying to chase down more Bach Uke by John King to up the happy content here.

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    Trollhattan says:

    Damn, that girl’s got chops. Lessee, when I was fourteen I could…um…er…something. Sure I could.

    Must show to my 11YO.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim:
    Saw Joe Pass once, knowing nothing about him beforehand. Similar deal, when you see calm genius it shifts one’s perception of everybody else in a flash.

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    Sean Dolan says:


    Unless you count the Van Halen brothers as a “giant monopoly corporation,” you couldn’t be more wrong.

    (They are likely incorporated, or at least and LLC)

    The original recording copyright is owned by the supposed giant monopoly corporation.

    Assuming it counts as an orignal composition, E. Van Halen owns the rights to the composition.

    It this were taken down, it would be due to the composer’s copyright claim, not the label.

    I’m all for slagging on giant record labels, I’ve done plenty of it in public and private, but you are aiming your ire in the wrong spot on this one.

    Have a nice day.

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    cleek says:

    we can’t all be superstar internet commenters. Eddie had to make do with what meager skills he could.

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    Just a few words on the RWs “let the churches deal with the poor” meme. Because people like TN’s Stephen Fincher have gotten on my last nerve.

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    catclub says:

    Ben Bernanke would do nothing different if there were NO employment requirements to his dual mandate. Plus there is gambling going on in this casino and I am shocked.

    Ben Bernanke’s appearances before congress are usually a parade of clueless questions, but Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota just asked him a great one. Noting that some members of congress think the Fed should drop its dual mandate on inflation and unemployment and just focus on price stability, she asked Bernanke to explain what he would do differently if the mandate changed.

    Bernanke hemmed and hawed a bit, but the crux of his answer was: Nothing.

    He seemed to interpret the question as perhaps an attack on his inflation record, but his answer was a damning attack on his growth record. (His answer starts around the 39-minute mark here.) Bernanke noted that “inflation, if anything, is a little bit too low” and said that even though many foreign central banks have a single mandate “I think our inflation record is as good as really any major central bank, and so there’s not really been a sacrifice in that respect.”*

    That’s a huge tell right there. Bernanke can’t name a single way in which his policy would change if congress rescinded his legal mandate to attempt to maximize employment.”

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    BGK says:

    First world carping:
    I’ll be glad when all the paleo-diet jerkoffs in my office fall off the damned wagon. Which I figure will be over the next two weeks. Since we had a health-and-fitness week at the start of May, there’s probably 20 of these clowns. They eat what seems like every 15 minutes, and all they ever seem to eat are hard-boiled eggs or eggs with vegetables, “cooked” in the microwave oven. Both of which are fine in their place, but the break room is down the hall from me and the place now reeks all the time of sulfrous egg yolk stench.

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    rumpole says:

    There ought to be a law. This raised today’s outrage meter to 11:

    Shorter story: the bigger we are, the worse health coverage we will offer under Obamacare. Nobody could have predicted/bring on the meteor/show me on the doll where the market touched you.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    Both of which are fine in their place, but the break room is down the hall from me and the place now reeks all the time of sulfrous egg yolk stench.

    Make the best of it. Tank up on beans and fart freely.

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    Dave says:

    ARRGH, Now I wish I’d bought that Lanikai Tenor uke yesterday. It was Musician’s Friends stupid deal of the day for $99 but no, I was being responsible thinking I should pay for wife’s and my upcoming Sanibel trip. Oh well, I’ve got guitars and basses for now.

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    What’s everyone’s vacation plans? I need some ideas for a teaching thing I’m doing. I need to come up with around 16-18 vacation destinations, enough that offer a variety of experiences, some similar but not identical. I have seven so far:

    Lake, Beach, Mountain Lodge, Camping, Canoeing, New York City, London.

    Trying to think what else people do when they go on vacation. I guess I can have “visit inlaws in Bumfuq, Kentucky.” Sigh.

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    catclub says:

    I am in moderation for foolishly quoting a line from a Casablanca.

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    Hey it could be worse. It could be canned tuna. Now a can of tuna will stink up the break room like nobody’s business.

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    Eric U. says:

    Van Halen’s problem was that it’s a little too obvious to most guitar players what he is up to. People came along and surpassed him and he was no longer unique. If he really played with his back to the audience, it probably was to hide the fact that he was too drunk to play and was doing the guitarist equivalent of lip-syncing. Les Paul would pretend to play some of his sped-up tracks in concert. I forget who it was that learned how to play those parts note-for-note, Les Paul mentioned it in an interview.

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    BGK says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Tank up on beans

    Oh I like beans and legumes. While tasty, they’re energy-dense, full of awful calories and water-retaining carbohydrates. I’m trying to get to a goal weight by the middle of June, so that, for the first time in my adult life, I’ll weigh what I want to. It’s really just vanity at this point, but I really don’t have that much farther to go. Which, of course, means every tenth of a pound is like crawling across broken glass.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    I had to look up “insouciance”.

    carefree attitude: cheerful lack of anxiety or concern

    I am a better man for it. Thanks, Betty!

    @catclub: cleared.
    @Southern Beale: leaving tornado alley and visiting earthquake country in mid July.

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    Dave says:

    @Southern Beale: Waterpark? Fishing trip?

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    catclub says:

    Branson and Dollywood.

    In Mississippi gaming establishments, people with teeth are treated like royalty.

    National Parks? Archeological tourism/free labor.
    Bicycle touring.

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    BGK says:

    @Southern Beale:
    See, I’m fine with tuna funk. Maybe it’s ten years of living with a small, carnivorous tuna demolition squad.

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    Thanks I just thought of Walt Disney World. I could add Gatlinburg to that, it’s similar.

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    beltane says:

    @BGK: I wasn’t aware that paleolithic hunter-gatherers subsisted on a diet of microwaved eggs and vegetables. You could always tell your co-workers that if they want to go about this the right way, they should be scagging for roadkill and sucking the marrow out of antelope bones.

    The “paleo” fad seems even more stupid than the average stupid food fad.

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    SatanicPanic says:


    Two amazing frontmen

    I’ll never forgive him for the way he treated Gary Cherone.

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    Eric U. says:

    I built my son a miniature guitar when he was little. Everyone calls it a uke. I made the mistake of putting a floating tailstock on it, not a good idea on a fairly flat-topped instrument. He still plays it occasionally. Wasn’t really a good instrument to learn on though. I should build another with a better bridge.

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    @BGK: LOL.

    See, I have 7 cats and I adore tuna myself but sometimes the olfactory similarities between my tuna and their canned food gets to me. We switched to dry for all but the big toughie who demands his wet.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Southern Beale: For my money, nothing stinks up a break room worse than burnt popcorn. There are things that smell worse, but burnt popcorn LINGERS. You might as well take a dump in the trashcan. Which some psycho at a former office complex hellhole I worked in used to do. We called the mystery dumper “The Shit Assassin.” God, I’m glad I work at home now.

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    @Betty Cracker:

    Oh yeah, burnt popcorn is NASTY. You win.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Betty Cracker: woah, and I considered the people who bring in donuts evil

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    Origuy says:

    @Southern Beale: I’ll be at Lake Tahoe in July for a few days. My vacations are a little unusual, since they usually include orienteering competitions. I’ll be working the event and going to a meeting as well as running around in the woods.
    Tahoe has a lake, mountains, camping, casinos, river rafting, and historical tourism.

    Edit: Oops. I said the C word.

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    Capri says:

    @Southern Beale:

    How about a whale watching vacation?

    I just looked into going to the Platte River in Nebraska for birding.

    Quite a few folks travel around going to every MLB ball park in the country

    There’s also a whole lot of gambling destinations, Las Vegas being the most well known.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @Trollhattan: Yeah.

    I have to say I actually find that Wes Montgomery story also sort of overly-arch and kind of arrogant, in addition to liking it. I mean lots of musicians are expressive in various ways, including a lot of classical players. Also it’s definitely just a style in jazz as much as anything else, that’s the way everyone else does it, so you do too. However there certainly are people who overdo the physical exertions as a substitute for anything going on musically.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @catclub: I’m hoping that that was a typo, otherwise I have this terrible fear that they’ve done a remake.

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    BGK says:


    I wasn’t aware that paleolithic hunter-gatherers subsisted on a diet of microwaved eggs and vegetables.

    Hell, either they, or I, could be misusing the “paleo” term. I know they seem to eat only from a rigidly-delimited series of foods, in teeny-tiny meals, at ridiculously short intervals. They gather in packs, yammering about what’s on the plan. And none of them seem to be actually improving their personal fitness.

    Seems to me it always comes back to limiting calories by a different name. Which, while tedious, is exactly what worked for me. Gosh, who woulda thought?

    At least no one here is a footie-finger-shoe foamer.

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    piratedan says:

    @Southern Beale: amusement park, summer camp come to mind as well

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    Speaking of ukes, covers and things that make us happy, there’s this..

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    Mnemosyne says:


    One of my coworkers is doing paleo and is a little insufferable about it sometimes. The defense I’ll give for her is that she really does have some strange grain allergies — she is genuinely allergic (as in, hives and anaphylactic shock) to oatmeal — so it makes sense for her to severely restrict grains. Plus she doesn’t subject us to microwaved eggs, at least not yet.

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    R-Jud says:

    @Mnemosyne: @BGK: Speaking as a CrossFitter, the Paleo diet thing drives me mental. The general principles are decent– eat mostly plants, well-raised meat, and eliminate refined sugars and grains.

    But I think the arguments made for eliminating dairy are silly, and the very bad science used to “prove” that paleo man ate x or didn’t eat y make me grind my teeth. Finally, most people at my gym use paleo as an excuse to eat bacon or beef jerky all the time. When they tsk at me for coming in with a coffee that has milk in it, it’s hard not to pour it over their heads.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim:

    Demeanor aside, she really isn’t doing anything but what someone who’s really good at video games does: She’s following a coded sequence that she’s memorized, no improvisation allowed. She might be technically proficient- even exceedingly so- but she isn’t showing much creativity.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    My co-worker is also lactose intolerant (yes, she’s a walking encyclopedia of allergies and intolerances) but at least the Paleo version she’s following is actually okay with dairy. (I think technically she’s doing the “Primal” diet.)

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    Mike E says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    she isn’t showing much creativity

    The food is terrible, and the portions are too small!

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Mike E:

    Tell me what separates her from any of the other “prodigies” you’ll find here. And tell me how it is that she plays the same songs night after night but always finds a slightly different variation as did people like Montgomery, Lester Young, Miles Davis…

    Take your technically proficient, non-creative whiz kids if you’d like, but I’ll take Billie Holiday- who did more than anyone creatively with less technical talent- any day.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Mike E:

    The funny thing is that the punchline fits this set-up, which sounds horrible much of the time, but, at those points when everything jibes, is fucking gorgeous. One of the ballsiest pieces of music ever recorded, imo.

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    hedgehog the occasinal commenter says:

    @Southern Beale:
    San Antonio, Texas for the World Science Fiction Convention (in August, right before Labor Day weekend. At least the hotel and convention center will have air-conditioning, and both are right off the Riverwalk, so there’s that). Going to the Caribbean later in the fall for our anniversary.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Heading to Charlotte, NC in late June to visit an online friend I’ve known for years but have never met. We’ll be there a few days and then Mr opie_jeanne and I will head to Baltimore for the 4th of July and the Discworld Convention. This is the last one we will attend, unless they have one in Seattle. They eat up a lot of time and money that I’d rather spend in Ireland or maybe Italy.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Two words: fish sauce.

    Lovely to eat but terrible to smell.

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    Bighorn Ordovian Dolomite says:

    Very solid. I was about 19 the first time I pulled off “Eruption” and the first time you pull it off in front of your guitar playing buddies, well, you feel pretty cool.

    It took me a week or two with my copy of Guitar for the Practicing Musician–hell it took me a week or two to psych myself up to even try to get it down.

    But, to be honest, from then to now, twenty-something years later, I doubt I ever NAILED it the way she does here. I can pretty much breathe fire, and make all of those squeaks and squeals on command, but I’ve always struggled to really flawlessly cover somebody else’s solo.

    I really love guitar….. :)

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    Larkspur says:

    @Karen in GA (who really needs a better name): Hiya. I just tried to comment at your new site (congrats), but I had to sign in to WP before posting, and my comment was subsequently eaten. I will try again, so if something odd happens to your comments section, it will probably have been me.

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    Snarla says:

    I’ve been a ukulele novice for a couple years now, and I just had a breakthrough–found a song I can play while singing. Very exciting.

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    @Snarla: Which song? My problem is that I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, so I have to play stuff other people will sing. Or just stick to instrumentals.

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    dopey-o says:

    @Trollhattan: i particularly like how she looks away from her fingers several times. lotta confidence. i would have my nose buried in the 14th fret and drip sweat all over the strings. she’s not even breathing hard.

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    dopey-o says:

    @Sean Dolan mentions copyright violations and take-down notices: if this young prodigy’s video isn’t “fair use”, ain’t nothin is. she’s parodying eddie VH.

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    stinger says:

    @Southern Beale: go white-water rafting, visit Washington DC, visit a farm, help build a Habitat for Humanity house, visit Gettysburg, visit Amish country, visit the Alamo, tour wine country, visit Kitty Hawk?

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    MattR says:

    Just came across a link to a feature on Matthew Whitaker, a 13 year old jazz pianist who performed at the Apollo last week as part of the “A Great Day in Harlem” event.

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    JR in WV says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Rafting on New River National River…

    Caving in Carter County, KY

    Visiting Mammoth Cave National Park

    Volunteer to work on an Archiological dig in the SW USA

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    d. b. cooper says:

    Technical ability is, alas, only a slight fraction of what makes good art. It’s a nice thing to have, but hopefully she can do more with it than copies of masturbatory guitar solos.

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    Redshirt says:

    I wish I hadn’t missed this thread. Awesome shreddage!

    Also, what crime is Eddie guilty of? I read some harsh implications.

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    Gus says:

    @Eric U.: Ha! Reminds me of Art Tatum learning how to play via player piano, but the player piano was playing two parts.

    @d. b. cooper: Jesus Christ, the kid’s 14. Let her live a little before you expect art from her.

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    Steverino says:

    If you ask her what “insouciance” means, she’ll just shrug, roll her eyes, and say, “Whatever.”

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