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GUEST,Arne Langsetmo A first for autoharps -live at the Oscars!! (11) RE: A first for autoharps -live at the Oscars!! 01 Mar 04

First and last Oscar night you will _ever_ see
a hurdy-gurdy _and_ and Autoharp being played
(Sting played hurdy-gurdy on the rendition of
his "You Will Be My Ain True Love", sung by
Allison Krauss).

My guess is that less that 10% of the audience could
identify one or the other of these, and that far fewer
could identify both correctly (and fewer yet would
actually have CDs at home that featured these
instruments ... fortunately most of these few people
have been locked in secure facilities where they will
pose no danger to themselves or others).

But a real pleasant surprise to see these instruments
given some exposure (my favourite hurdy-gurdy player
is Jake Walton).

I notice the N.Y. Times "People's Choice" alternative
awards had different nominees for best song, with
"A Mighty Wind" picking up two nominations -- and not
for AKATEOTR, but rather for "A Mighty Wind" and
"Never Did Much Ramblin'"   ;-)   I think the readers
had different "standards" than the stodgy AMPAS
folks. . . .

It's no great surprise that AMPAS went with the heavily
produced "Into The West" and the LOTR score; that's more
in the style of customary Oscar winners for these awards.
But I guarantee you that I'd buy the "Cold Mountain"
soundtrack and _play_ it freqently; something that
I don't think I'd do for the LOTR one (even if there's
some reasonably good stuff there; some of it even sounds
somewhat Celtic). And I suspect that many people would
do the same if they had both soundtracks at home. Oh well.

Now back to your regularly scheduled slock music next
year ... yes, we did have a pretty good years as
folkies. . . .   :-)


                         -- Arne Langsetmo

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