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Sting's Hurdy-gurdy

Watching the Oscars last night, I was struck by a strange instrument that Sting was playing. I had no idea what it was, but decided that I wanted one. I was chatting with a friend earlier today and neither of us knew what it it was, and Google wasn't being helpful.

A little later, I read the latest digest from the COMANDO Mailing List (it's an e-mail list for mandolins) and discovered that the instrument was a hurdy-gurdy, or possibly a barrel organ.

One thing I learned from the award show last night is that I really am interested in seeing Cold Mountain, and probably buying the soundtrack.


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Mar. 1st, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
opposite for me
Funny, after hearing the two songs nominated from it last night, I'm even more convinced that I do not need to see that movie. Allison Krauss is a great singer, but those songs did absolutely nothing for me.

But that hurdy-gurdy was pretty neat.
Mar. 1st, 2004 07:20 am (UTC)
Why oh why do you tag your links to open in a new window? People who want their links to open in new windows can do so with a quick click of the right mouse button, while I, on the other hand, have no one-click way to disable the links opening in new windows. ;)
Mar. 1st, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
didymos does this, too, the meanie.

My solution with such menaces is to right-click open them in another tab (I use Netscape 7.1).
Mar. 1st, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's my temporary solution, too (I middle-click to open in a new Mozilla tab), since it's less of a disturbance of the delicate ecology of my desktop than a whole new window opening up is, but it's still annoying, especially when I don't have any way of knowing the link's going to open in a new window.
Mar. 1st, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
You're right. I'll quit.

I think I started doing it a while ago when my primary concern was how things looked on my homepage -- I thought of it as a starting point and that off-site links would open new windows. Since then, times have changed and tabbed browsing is much more common. For myself, I CTRL-click on almost every web link nowadays, which opens it in a new tab behind the current one (CTRL-SHIFT-click if I want the new tab to gain focus). Whatever reasons I may have had to do the whole "new window" thing when I started doing it are probably irrelevant now, but I've just kept doinng it out of habit. I'll see about breaking that habit.

Also, I'm awarding you 3 points for calling me on my annoying habit of web design.
Mar. 4th, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
hurdy gurdy
the hurdy gurdy is a very cool instrument. i first heard it back on the jimmy page/robert plant tour about 10 years ago. they had a guy in the band that played it. he did an amazing solo at one point in the concert and i was blown away. it's spooky and very unique. the guy's name was nigel eaton... i think. nigel something. anyway, if you can find any live recordings from the tour, have a listen. i think the solo came just before "no quarter". they played the same set for most of the tour and i'm pretty sure that's where he did his solo. robert gave him a nice intro and explained where nigel was from and what he was playing. check it out.

apparently, it's a very hard instrument to play. my uncle has a friend who collects instruments. i remember him saying it was ridiculiously hard to play.
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