I absolutely love YouTube, a priceless resource of material of every description. I often go there looking for something specific and then spend inordinate amounts of time following links around and discovering stuff I never imagined existed. Maybe you’ll click one of these links and do the same!
This section is currently under construction. Please bear with me whilst I organise my favourite video clip links for publication.
“Va Pensiero sull’Ali Dorate” – The Slaves’ Chorus from “Il Nabucco” (Verdi) – some pieces of music just send a shiver up my spine.
“Caro nome” – Gilda’s aria from “Rigoletto” (Verdi) – my favourite version of this aria by the marvellous Andrea Rost (with apologies for the poor sound quality).
“Caro nome” – Gilda’s aria from “Rigoletto” (Verdi) – a better recording also featuring Andrea Rost.
“Largo al Factotum” – Figaro’s aria from “The Barber of Seville” (Rossini) – Hermann Prey giving a definitive performance of the best-known aria from this opera.
“Lego al Factotum” – Figaro’s aria – the same piece performed entirely by Lego figures!
WIlson, Keppel & Betty – Sand dance (1933) – classic music-hall.
Tim Conway’s “Elephant Story” – Tim Conway goes off-script with an increasingly bizarre story in order to to sabotage a sketch. Originally aired in November 1977.
Madonna – Don’t Tell Me – I’m not a big fan of Madonna but I really do like this video.
Two performances by Grace Slick from Woodstock, 1969: Somebody to Love and White Rabbit. There’s a recording of the White Rabbit vocals with no instrumentation here and the story behind the song here.
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (CBGB’s, New York, 1975) – an early acoustic version.
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (Dortmund, 20/12/1980) – another excuse to look at Tina Weymouth.
The Goops – CBGB’s, New York City (31/05/1995) – Eleanor Whitledge in great form.
The Goops – Upstairs At Nick’s, Philadelphia (Aug 1995) – more Eleanor.
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell – I do like this song… okay the dancers are cute but the track is very good. This is a link to the ‘official’ video on YouTube. There’s also an unrated version on Vimeo (scroll to the foot of that page – warning: mild nudity). Read about the subsequent controversy here.
Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacree – from the Album “Alice’s Restaurant” (1967). Complete version with subtitles so you can sing along. I’ve sung this so many times I don’t need them!
Joan Baez – Forever Young – definitely on the playlist for my funeral.
C’e La Luna Mezzo Mare
One of my favourite Italian folk songs.
Giorgio Ventura – not the best version ever but has subtitles for non-Italian speakers.
Unknown singer – sung by a woman, as it should be.
Louis Prima & Keely Smith – Prima doing what Prima does best whilst Keely Smith just stands around looking gorgeous.
Louis Prima & Keely Smith
Just a Gigolo – it’s a pity some idiot cut the sax & trombone solos!
All Night Long – Louis takes back stage for a change!
The Catholic Mass