We may not admit it, but we all do it. Go ahead and say it: “I watch tons of those cute Youtube videos.” You know the ones: kittens swatting pit bulls on the nose; puppies doing tail spins on throw rugs; and baby goats – well, doing just about anything.
Facebook is teeming with these treacly time wasters, and we love ‘em. But up to this point, none of these vids have made it into our blog.
But from the Let’s Just Do Something Different Department comes a fantastic first: a bunch of 7-14 year-old kids playing excellent covers of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song … on xylophones and marimbas! Oh yeah!
We have two versions of this fabulous performance by the Louisville Leopard Percussionists. The first is a stage performance at a TEDx (yes that TED) conference, and the second is in the band’s practice room. Both are excellent, but the practice room version lets a bit more of each kid’s ‘tude shine through.
The thing we love most about this performance is that in addition to being cute, these talented kids totally rock Led Zep. So much so, that legendary Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page put the video on his Facebook page, where he says: “Too good not to share. Have a rocking weekend!” Not bad eh?
According to the LLP website:
“The Louisville Leopard Percussionists are a performing ensemble comprised of 60+ student musicians ages 7-14, who reside in 26 different Louisville zip codes and attend 48 different schools in and around Louisville, Kentucky.
Our vision is for participants of diverse backgrounds to develop music appreciation, performance skills, proficiency on a variety of percussion instruments, and learn to improvise, compose, and teach music, and to care for their instruments. These skills build creativity and self-confidence and teach life-long values of personal discipline, cooperation, leadership, responsibility, and community.”
Hats off to Diane Downs, founder and artistic director, and her team for the wonderful contribution this program makes to the community, and rock on kids.
James & Terri