Good Morning

It worked well to blog in the early morning yesterday, so I’m going to try it again today and see if it sticks.

A few days ago, my friend Mike sent this YouTube gem along. It is always hilarious to watch classical music “performed” on a television show, and this is one of the best examples I have ever seen. This is the Brahms B flat sextet being performed by four people, two of which seem to be violists. That’s right. The piece is for six, but on the Starship Enterprise, they can play it with only four. Also, I think that Data is a Vulcan or something, which makes his stirring performance of the violin part (“played”on a viola) extra special. Three of the performers are actors, but for some reason, they hired an actual cello player to play the part of “Cellist”. (Wouldn’t that be an awesome gig?) Add in the fact that there seems to be some sort of emotional breakthrough occurring with one of the toga wearing audience members, and the whole thing is just delightful.

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7 Responses to “Good Morning”


  1. 1 Shalini November 14, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    That is spectacular. Data is not a Vulcan (isn’t he a robot or something?) but the emotional breakthrough guy IS, which makes it so dramatic.

  2. 2 janz November 14, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Data is an android, and his violin/viola playing is not very convincing. The vulcan is Sarek, the father of Spock. In this episode he is suffering from a disorder that causes vulcans to lose their shit, emotionally speaking. Now aren’t you glad you read ohforfun today! And yes, I was a Star Trek nerd once upon a time.

  3. 3 elise November 14, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    next summer at Apple Hill!!

  4. 4 Sam November 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    It’s in the wrong key, too, which doesn’t make a lot of sense, since they clearly used a recording. Still, Data rules, and the guy who played him, Brent Spiner, actually has done a lot of singing on Broadway, so he does know music…

  5. 5 elise November 14, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Sam, you are amazing!

  6. 6 Cousin Mary November 15, 2007 at 9:50 am

    I tried to watch the video this morning and got a message saying it was no longer available! Classical music/science fiction is now being censored? Oh for awful!

  7. 7 miriam November 16, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    I love it when the Stars try to play, because it makes me feel superior. I’m linking to this!


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