Thursday, 4 February 2010

Bill Bailey, SuperMusician

In an era of mass produced identikit synthetic "celebrities" lacking no talent other than, er, "being famous", it's wonderful to see someone with talent in spades: Bill Bailey.

Last night we watched "Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra" which originally went out last year on BBC 2. The guy is nothing short of a genius. Every time he opens his mouth you realise that he understands what he's talking about and his ability to dissect pieces of music and notice things you'd never otherwise see is a joy.


Proving to us that the theme to Panorama sounds more-or-less the same played forwards or backwards.

Rearranging a Nokia ringtone for French Horn.

Making us wonder how ITN's Non Stop could ever function as a serious news theme. (But it was, for decades!)

Helping to play Saint-Saens' The Swan on cowbells.

And making NBC's Nightly News theme The Mission out as something of a modern day classic.

But without any doubt, the piece de resistance was turning to theme to Doctor Who into a Belgian-style jazz piece. The sooner that's released commercially the better.

I see that Amazon have the DVD. Go and buy it at once!

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