Here's part three of Lauren's list of favourite YouTube videos. She covers pop music, but really it's anything that isn't jazz or classical! To check out the previous lists follow these links:
Stay - Rihanna with Adam Blackstone (on double bass!)
Adam Blackstone is currently the musical director for Nicki Minaj and Justin Timberlake, and is one of my absolute favorite electric bassists out there right now. I didn’t know he was also a fantastic upright player as well, so you can imagine my surprise when watching the 2013 Grammy’s and see him not only playing upright, but playing with the bow! He sounds beautiful in this performance and, like always, he knows exactly what to play to make the music extra special.
Red - Taylor Swift with Edgar Meyer
One day, Taylor Swift decided she wanted to play her song “Red” with Edgar Meyer, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, and Eric Darken. So she did. The whole band obviously sounds incredible, but Edgar sounds like he’s just having so much fun. I love that you can hear his personality distinctly in everything he plays (listen for his little “Edgar-isms” peeking out, like at 1:42, 2:12, and 2:27), but he still compliments the music perfectly.
Sigh. I love him.
Alex - Punch Brothers (Paul Kowert)
This is one of my favorite songs by the Punch Brothers, and I love this performance of it. I think Paul’s playing is just beautiful (in this video and just as a general statement). It’s quite delicate when it needs to be, and his sound compliments Chris Thile’s voice so perfectly.
Daft Punk Chaconne - Sam Suggs
Sam Suggs is one of the most special musicians I know. He’s an incredible performer, composer, writer, and way too smart for his own good. This Daft Punk Chaconne is so unique as a composition and Sam’s performance is oodles of fun to watch.
Somewhere Only We Know - Simply Three (Nicholas Villalobos)
I’ve always loved this song, so I was really excited when Simply Three released their cover of it. I was even more excited hearing their bass player, Nick, playing the melody with that beautiful tone of his. He makes the opening of this song very sweet and intimate.
If you haven’t already, you should follow his Instagram: nvbass
Mega Man 2 Theme - David Wong, JFlo, and Man Wai Che
I knew Man Wai when he was at the University of North Texas with our teacher, Jeff Bradetich. He was an amazing player and always had such unique ideas and ways of thinking, so seeing this video of him years later just made sense.
How awesome and nerdy is this though??
I Want You Back - Lake Street Dive (Bridget Kearney)
This is the first video I ever saw of Lake Street Dive, and it’s still my favorite. Lake Street Dive is made up of super talents, with bassist Bridget Kearney being no exception. Her bold playing and sassy tone bring a totally different character to an old favorite.
Lloyd Goldstein - Lean on Me
Lloyd Goldstein is a Music Practitioner and Artist in Residence at the Moffitt Cancer Center - his job is to play music for cancer patients in treatment and recovery, and he has composed and arranged a bunch of music for solo bass for this purpose. This performance of his “Lean on Me” arrangement is beautifully played, but also very touching knowing the kind of person Lloyd is.
“Love Affair” by Ennio Morricone - DaXun Zhang and Doo Woong Chung
This arrangement of “Love Affair” for 2 basses and piano is so lovely! Both DaXun and Too Woong sound great, but when DaXun comes in with the return of the melody at 1:12, I almost can’t handle it because it’s so beautiful. He just has this way of making time feel like it’s standing still.
Mr. Krinkle - Primus (Les Claypool)
I’ve never heard a band with a sound anything remotely like Primus, and that’s what I love about them. I think this write up expresses exactly how I feel better than I ever could:
“Primus. What a weird f***ing band. Absolutely insane music that shouldn’t work and yet it does. I don’t know why I love this band but goddammit I do.”
“Mr. Krinkle” is a very…special song with an insane, nightmare-inducing music video to match. I think my favorite part is Les Claypool’s bow technique. That off the string stroke is pure gold.
I hope you have enjoyed the videos, but what have we missed? Let us know in the comments section below and share your favourite music!