Archive for January, 2017

Lost ‘Two Ronnies’ sketch

January 25, 2017

Well, by “lost” I mean “not on Youtube” which, I realise, is a different thing altogether, but I’d love to see it again.

It’s one of their wonderful songs: they are street sweepers and that’s about all I can remember, other than it was hilarious.  Every now and then I check to see if someone has posted it, and it never comes up.

Instead, check this out.  It struck me that in this performance, it’s Ronnie Corbett that gets nearly all of the tricky wordplay to do.  Those of us of a certain vintage and origin will recall that Ronnie Barker was renowned for his facility with tongue-tripping scripts; here it’s Ronnie C who does it, and brilliantly, and in tune!

(The writing in this is superb, too.  Everything scanning and rhyming just as it should, with double entendres galore.)

 

You’ve GOT to see this (honest!)

January 24, 2017

A ragtime version of Fur Elise?  Bring it on!

 

It got me thinking: is Fur Elise the best-known “classical” piano piece?  Or is it just a staple of British piano lessons?

Anyway, this is great, and gets better.  Just when you think, “Oh yeah, I get it, very clever…” he turns it up a notch.  It’s fab!

I like to think that if Beethoven heard it (pre-deafness, obvs) he would be at first astounded and then delighted.  Imagine hearing a popular current song redone in 200 years’ time, in a musical form that we cannot yet even conceive.  Beethoven died nearly seventy years before ragtime began its first, revolutionary, tinklings.