The Piano Guys are probably having more fun than anyone else in the classical music business. The group composed of a pianist, cellist, a videographer, and a music producer has just released a music video that celebrates nearly 50 years of Batman.
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The result is not just some impressive piano and cello work (the two instruments alone were used to make every sound in the composition), but a music video that displays some incredible attention to detail. Each of the three eras gets its own location, Batmobile, and visual style to go along with the shifts in music. (Pay close attention to the aspect ratio: even it is tailored to each era.) The Piano Guys have made a name for themselves doing these kinds of over-the-top classical music videos, and while this might be some of their best work, be sure to check out their Mission Impossible, Bourne Identity, and Star Wars music videos as well. And for more on the making of “Batman Evolution,” take a look at the group’s website.
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— Just brilliant. I just love what they did. It was amazing. You can see that they truly enjoyed what they were doing and that’s what really makes great music. I mean sure, you can write a song, play an instrument, or sing but the performance is always better if you love what you are doing. It’s the type of music that tells a story. I could close my eyes and listen to this all day.
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He must have noticed the quizzical look on my face as he filed his nails. I have to file my nails to the proper length when I play, Ortiz said. I use my nails to play. Ortiz, 67, plays the harp, which is something like saying that Van Cliburn played the piano or Pavarotti was a singer.
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“I have to file my nails to the proper length when I play,” Ortiz said. “I use my nails to play.”
Ortiz, 67, plays the harp, which is something like saying that Van Cliburn played the piano or Pavarotti was a singer. The harp is an extension of the Corona musician, an instrument he chose over a stethoscope after he earned a medical degree and practiced for eight years.
After our interview, we retired to his studio where a large harp filled one corner. It’s the harp he uses to teach students who come from all over hoping to learn how to one day maybe approach the skill of the master.
Ortiz unzipped the case of a second harp, the one that travels with him around the world on tours.
As I listened, it dawned on me why artists often depict angels holding a harp. My eyes had closed on their own, without my permission, and I heard what heaven must sound like. It was the sound of several harps, not just one, and I had to open my eyes to assure myself that only Ortiz was playing.
During our earlier interview, Ortiz explained that while Americans think of the harp in terms of classical music only, compositions worldwide cover the spectrum of music, including folk, rock ’n’ roll and even dance music.
Composing, recording and playing the harp paid for his medical education. In medical school,
Ortiz met Luz Marina Otero. They have been married for 37 years and have two daughters.
So he gave up his medical practice to devote his life to his family and the harp.
— Incredible, if you have been looking for something to inspire you, this is probably what you’ve been waiting for. I’m not sure if I could have given up medical school but it goes without saying, “follow your heart”.
As Jimmy Dean likes to put it:
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Is it easier said than done? I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that I always find pleasure in doing the things I love most.
Swami Sivananda tells us to:
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Let me ask you, can you imagine yourself dancing with a serious face? I certainly can’t. That would look really silly. Just like musicians, dancers enjoy what they’re doing and their faces show just how passionate they are.