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Young Adult

Re-visiting My Young Banjo Playing Friends Who Also Love BOOKS!

Do you love music? I have a real treat for you today! I have two young friends who are part of a banjo trio with their father called the Chiodi Trio.

chioditrio
photo courtesy chioditrio.com

I recently had the chance to interview them and talk about books, music, and how they got started.  At the end of the video we get to enjoy a mini music fest!

Check out my interview below:

 

Aren’t they great? I know what you’re thinking: banjos are supposed to be Bluegrass type music, right? Well the fact that they play 20’s jazz is EXACTLY why I love them. They are doing their own thing their own way; it’s unconventional!

You can follow the Chiodi Trio on FacebookTwitter, and their website.  These fellas are very busy and perform weekly down at Wholey’s on the Strip in Pittsburgh (my hometown!).

Have you read any of the books we chatted about?

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Books

Amanda Palmer and the Art of Asking

If you’re any kind of bibliophile, you’ve probably heard of Amanda Palmer. Not because she has written her first book, but mostly because she’s the wife of THE. NEIL. GAIMAN.

But that triviality aside, Amanda is important for another reason: she rocks the ukelele.  Here’s a link to her famous anthem to the tiny quirky instrument. You might now someone else who plays the ukelele too, although not quite as well (wink wink).

But put THAT triviality aside because the most interesting bit about AP is that her book:

The Art of Asking

 

 

(ignore the boobies in the picture) shows that AP is a crowd funding rockstar! Her last album was funded, via Kickstarter, by her fans!

I was at an event recently selling her book. I cannot tell you how rabid her fans are. It’s like a cult. When the Zombie Apocalypse comes, I want to be on Team Amanda cuz her fans will carry her safely to wherever the safe place is. No doubt .

Oh sure, AP might be a little quirky, but this champ hugged every single audience member who wanted a hug.

Amanda Palmer

 

Even after I told her not to, cuz you know, people have germs. But she did not care. These folks waited outside in the freezing rain for probably almost two hours.

Cuz you know, that’s how AP rolls.

Did I mention the needlepoint vagina a fan had made just for her?

yeah.

But it might be worth reading for the Kickstarter advice too.

(SINGING) and play your ukelele!!!!

 

 

Categories
Young Adult

Banjos Plus Books Equals Mini Music Fest!

Do you love music? I have a real treat for you today! I have two young friends who are part of a banjo trio with their father called the Chiodi Trio.

chioditrio
photo courtesy chioditrio.com

I recently had the chance to interview them and talk about books, music, and how they got started.  At the end of the video we get to enjoy a mini music fest!

Check out my interview below:

 

Aren’t they great? I know what you’re thinking: banjos are supposed to be Bluegrass type music, right? Well the fact that they play 20’s jazz is EXACTLY why I love them. They are doing their own thing their own way; it’s unconventional!

You can follow the Chiodi Trio on FacebookTwitter, and their website.  These fellas are very busy and perform weekly down at Wholey’s on the Strip in Pittsburgh (my hometown!).

Have you read any of the books we chatted about? Do you play a musical instrument? Tell me what your special talent is in the comments.