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Introducing the Two Minute Classic

I have been writing music for a while now, and a friend recently proposed a very intriguing idea.  Let’s be honest, the attention span of the average Youtube viewer is around 1 to 2 minutes, unless you are Taylor Swift, in which case you get 20 to 25 minutes from the same obsessed teenagers daily.  And equally as fleeting (on a grander scale) is the ever changing library of electronic “instruments” and sounds people use to make music.  Yet and still, when someone really wants to tug at those heart strings, they fall back onto piano, violin, cello, or some other stringed instrument.  So how does a musician hoping to maximize his Youtube views go about it?

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Enter the Two Minute Classic

Just enough of a popular song to make you appreciate how it was redone, but not enough to bore you when creativity fails and you have to repeat a musical idea.  Anyone else sick of the 5 minute cover video with the 50 second intro apologizing for not being that good at guitar, or sick at the moment, or any of that other nonsense no one cares about?  Get to the song already.  And then when they do, it’s a pseudo-emotional, slower version of the song, because nothing says “musician” like the same open guitar chords capo-ed to be in the right key, strummed in the most familiar pattern known to man.  But it works for some people…they are at least musical enough to add harmony…and record with a microphone that wasn’t an accessory on a cell phone.

Below is my first installment into this Two Minute Classic idea: pop song, classical instrumentation, abridged to give you enough of a taste without filling you up.  Enjoy.

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OneRepublic – Counting Stars, Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City.

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Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy ( Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Piano ) Cover by The Last City

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Justin Bieber – Bad Day (From Heartbreaker – Guitar and Violin Cover by The Last City)

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My Chemical Romance – I Don’t Love You (Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City)

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Justin Timberlake – Amnesia (Cover by The Last City)

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OneRepublic- Love Runs Out (Cover by The Last City)

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Damien Rice – What If I’m Wrong (Acoustic Cover by Adam from The Last City)

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Ed Sheeran- Sing (Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City)

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Top 7 Moments of the 2010 Video Music Awards

I’ve dedicated this blog to moments in music, but tonight, it’s moments of the 2010 Video Music Awards in LA.

  1. Eminem: a cappella this man just spews emotion and charisma. Oh yeah, and I think Rihanna was there…
  2. Justin Beiber/Usher:  clearly Usher is working with him; it’s like the before and after.  As much as I hate to say it, I’m curious to see Beiber’s progression.
  3. The Jack Ass commercial: sure it might be a guy thing, but I’m excited.
  4. When Don’t Stop and California Gurls played back to back and I couldn’t tell they changed the song…go back and listen…it’s barely even a remix
  5. I think the world would implode if Gaga wore something normal.  Gaga in a pant suit may signal the apocalypse.  13 nominations, you think she’d find something she could walk in.
  6. Taylor Swift taking the high road…between that and Aziz Ansari’s intro, I think it’s clear someone somewhere thinks the Kanye joke is over.
  7. Hayley Williams.  I think she sang or something, but…those shoulders do something to me…

Vote Hayley Williams in 2012