Saturday, January 24, 2009

Yo Yo dude, what's up with not playing live?

Just learned what you heard was and wasn't Yo-Yo Ma.
While the music group with Yo-Yo Ma and others played live, it wasn't what you were hearing through your TV set or on-site at through the speakers. See article at the end of this post for details.

Just posing a question here...which do we value more, excellence or authenticity? I'm inclined to admire someone more for taking a risk and sounding not so hot (or not doing it at all), than to take the safe road and not being real.

Instead the truth comes out afterward — we chose this option. There may have been other options they explored. For example, what about a second cello in the wings tuned ready to roll? Or ONLY IF a string broke, pull out the recording and say up front — this is what we are using.

What do you think? If I used a pitch correction unit on my voice (which TBC worshipers could benefit from), is that OK? How about makeup on women? How much makeup? Cosmetic surgery?

Where's the line for you?

See also...
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Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma (traditional Chinese: 馬友友; simplified Chinese: 马友友; pinyin: Mǎ Yǒuyǒu) (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born Chinese American[1] cellist and winner of multiple Grammy Awards. He is one of the most revered cello players of the 21st century.

He performed John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts" at the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 along with Itzhak Perlman (violin), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet). While the quartet did play live, the music played simultaneously over speakers and on television was a recording made two days prior due to concerns over the cold weather damaging the instruments. Ma was quoted as saying "A broken string was not an option. It was wicked cold." [13]

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