I loved this video.
It’s by The Piano Guys, who describe themselves simply as four dudes who love to play music.
In a sound check before one show, they started riffing and came up with this awesome jam.
OK, so this tune started in sound check at one of our shows. We were playing around with that super catchy lick at the front end of DMB’s “Ants Marching.” Using a loop pedal we’d set up the chords then improv on top of them. It then evolved… Ode to Joy crept its way in because, well, throwing classical licks into pop tune arrangements is one of the things we love to do, but we also loved that, though the two melodies melded well, the lyrics or “messages” of the two tunes starkly contrasted each other. Poetic irony, right? DMB’s tune talks of everyone doing the same thing (um…like ants marching) and implies a meaningless, despondent and monotonous isolation of human beings from one another, while Beethoven’s “tune” talks of friendship, brotherhood, interconnectedness, meaning, and, of course, joy.
Whoa. HEAVY. Anyway, listen to it. It’s awesome. Especially because they seem so happy performing it. Look how happy they are.
[H/T Laughing Squid]