Riddle and Phelps

I love these guys! I can't explain my fascination, whether I find them sincerely talented, ridiculous, or inspired and ballsy. In the end it doesn't matter. I could watch them all day. I selected one snippet that I feel best exemplifies the variety of their typical Hee Haw performance in one solitary clip, but I'd need to offer the whole library of their efforts to give you the full impact.
Community Jazz(y) Ensemble
What do you get when you cross a brilliantly talented, classically trained flautist; a country-blues-rock guitarist; a Zeppelinesque heavy-rock drummer; and your humble rock/blues influenced, bebop lovin' bassist narrator?

Check out the final result on my Music - Video page, in the My Videos section at the bottom.
Roy Clark Rocks
I've been catching the reruns of Hee Haw on RFD TV lately. I used to watch with my family growing up, and it brings back a lot of good memories. Sure, it's hokey and corny - the cast doesn't pretend any differently. But there's a lot of good music on there.

Whether you like country music or not, you have to admit Roy Clark is an amazing musician. This video isn't his most impressive playing, but you have to be pretty great to pull of goofiness as well as he does.

Check out the video on my music video page, and if you feel so inclined, catch an episode of Hee Haw on RFD TV. It's on right after Big Joe's Polka Show and right before This Week In Agribusiness.

Bruce Rocks the SuperBowl
I'm not a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. But I admire and respect the man and his work. I found a new respect for him a few years ago when my friend Steve turned me onto his live performances. No brilliant flash of technical prowess, no blinding instrumental virtuosity, just tons of gut, heart, and soul. Technical ability is only impressive for so long. Without some substance behind it, it grows old quickly. Soul and passion have infinite sustainability.

Not being a Bruce-ite, I am not qualified to comment on this performance. I'll just say that I'll take a Bruce performance over any over-the-top pop star any day of the week.
The Construction of York
YorkA few years ago I had a job homeschooling a couple of teenage boys. It was one of the most interesting and challenging jobs I’ve ever had. Because of the freedom homeschooling provides, we were able to undertake quite a few interesting projects. We had lots of adventures, and many a story I could tell.

One semester, we decided to build a life-sized anatomy model. Our plans started out grand but gradually became more modest. I suggested ideas, pushed and prodded, but the boys did most of the actual construction themselves.
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