Monday, June 27, 2011

Craig Reid — What the Hoopla's All About

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Did you ever enjoy a great act in person and then later see it on video and find it flat and nowhere near as exciting? Yes, it's incredible to be able to watch performances from around the world on our laptop computer or even on a telephone, but still there's nothing like live performance.

A case in point is Craig Reid, whose Elvis Presley hula-hoop act blew me away both for its technical virtuosity and its sharp humor.  Sheer delight.  This video clip — just an excerpt — doesn't quite capture it for me, but here he is. Enjoy, but do try to catch his show if you can.

And here's one I haven't seen live, his take on The Wizard of Oz.

Which reminds me of another one of my favorite pieces, Bobby McFerrin's version of The Wizard of Oz.

Love it! We should get these two guys together.

For more on Craig Reid, check out his web site.

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