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Not many awards show musical performances have knocked me off my seat, but this one certainly did: Radiohead performing 15 Steps from their then-new album In Rainbows at the 2009 Grammys – with the USC Trojan marching band. So original and so, so good!
Caught this music video during an interlude at WDS this past weekend. Nice fit of visuals to the tune.
I recently finished reading Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society in which one of my favourite business authors/thinkers Peter Senge is in conversation with three of his colleagues about how the natural concept of presence can apply to organizational learning. I’ve had it on my bookshelf for several years and am glad I finally got to reading it; good book.
In the epilogue they introduce the reader to the work of Japanese researcher and photographer Masaru Emoto. Fascinating. Emoto has taken photos of frozen water taken from numerous sources around the world and observed that they form different crystal patterns, with water from natural sources being more beautiful than from processed or polluted sources. What’s more is that water from the identical distilled (pure) source typically forms bland crystal structures but the same distilled water forms beautiful crystals after having been complimented, prayed for, or played music to.
I remember catching this video occasionally on MuchMusic back in ’94 when it came out (and when Much still played music videos). Loved it! Great track. And 20 years on, it’s aged quite well I think.
What surprises me though is how obscure it was then and still is now. How did such a good song not break out – even as a one-hit wonder? Where did The Troubleneck Brothers disappear to? And why – so many years after its release – is there still only a grainy, out-of-sync TV capture (with only 6-digit views since 2007!) of their excellently nostalgic video for Back to the Hip Hop on YouTube?
Anyways, always worth a re-listen.
There are so many covers of this great song (written by Eden Ahbez in 1947) but this one by Nat King Cole is surely the best. My favourite.