And then music happened
June 14, 2016 1:46 AM   Subscribe

 
Mom wins. By a mile. Maybe two.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:23 AM on June 14, 2016 [17 favorites]


One day I hope to rock as hard as she does.
posted by Punkey at 2:25 AM on June 14, 2016


I love the structure of this post.
posted by painquale at 3:00 AM on June 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


Fuck I miss Freddy.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 3:45 AM on June 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


Northern Irish football fans singing Sweet Caroline (at EURO2016).
posted by blub at 4:36 AM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Mom is awesome. Thanks for a little joy this week.
posted by octothorpe at 4:39 AM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


I really needed these this morning. Thank you so much.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:56 AM on June 14, 2016


On Wednesdays, Moe Tucker wears pink.

(These were all wonderful.)
posted by maudlin at 5:08 AM on June 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


Fuck I miss Freddy.

I have a Lego Freddie Mercury minifig in my office. Sometimes I gaze upon it longingly.
posted by middleclasstool at 5:20 AM on June 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


It's amazing how a massive crowd of people who individually may not be able to sing very well averages out into decent tune.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:22 AM on June 14, 2016 [7 favorites]


It's still rather early to call it, but I'm predicting Wipe Out Mom as the Best Thing on My Internetz Today.
posted by drlith at 5:33 AM on June 14, 2016 [5 favorites]


I hate the thing where a woman does a thing and then it gets described as "Mom does a thing" since, of course, women aren't regular humans and when then do a thing that doesn't involve -- I don't know -- looking pretty or gestating a human, we have to point out how shocking it is by describing them as a "Mom."
posted by mcduff at 5:35 AM on June 14, 2016 [39 favorites]


I want to be her when I grow up. I think I can learn to do that in 20 years?
posted by hydrobatidae at 5:42 AM on June 14, 2016


Of course you can. Absolutely.
posted by thelonius at 5:48 AM on June 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


While I agree with you on principle and in everyday life, mcduff, in this specific instance I am willing to forgive due to her exacting portrayal of mom-ness, from the low maintenance bob through the light pink polo down to the khaki shorts. I feel confident that if I needed a bandaid she would have three in her purse. It all adds to the impression of serious competence.
posted by Mizu at 5:55 AM on June 14, 2016 [5 favorites]


Fuck whether she's had babies or not - she rocks.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 6:00 AM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Great post, thanks!

The "Mom" on drums was introduced, but the name wasn't clear. "Lori(?) Schumbacher(?) (maybe?) on drums" didn't work, "Woman on drums" wasn't it, "Badass Chick Scorches Skinz" was a little too far . . "Mom drums on 'Wipe Out'" just worked best.

And then on the "Rhapsody" video, the crowd is just getting together - mostly drunks and ne'er-do-wells early on, then more people who just got back from concessions join in until the second verse with, "MOMMAAAAAAHHHHH!! OoooooooOOOooooohh!" which was satisfying musically and contextually!
posted by petebest at 6:01 AM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]




The woman on drums is awesome. The framing made me expect that the rest of the band would be teenagers and she was literally the mom of someone in the band. I feel like mom or dad can be used to indicate middle aged square, but it is totally true that we are conditioned to find it much more unusual that a woman can drum like this. We need moar Janet Weisses.
posted by snofoam at 6:36 AM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm just glad to see a grown person doing something on Youtube. I've had enough of "Two 4-year olds crush 'YYZ' on upright bass!" or "You won't believe this 5-year old landing a 747!!"
posted by thelonius at 6:38 AM on June 14, 2016 [9 favorites]


Guys having band practice in the woods...

...a Mountie shows up...

...named Doug Sokolowski...

...because he wants to jam with them.


You know, I thought the curling story from last night was going to be the most Canadian thing on MeFi this week, but we apparently have a serious contender.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:50 AM on June 14, 2016 [16 favorites]


I hope Green Day hit the stage right after the crowd finished. WOOOOOOOOO!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:56 AM on June 14, 2016


The "Mom" on drums was introduced, but the name wasn't clear. "Lori(?) Schumbacher(?) (maybe?) on drums" didn't work, "Woman on drums" wasn't it, "Badass Chick Scorches Skinz" was a little too far . . "Mom drums on 'Wipe Out'" just worked best.

Nah, the youtube description "This woman is an amazing drummer" would work just fine as a title without running into the issues mcduff astutely described.
posted by Mavri at 7:11 AM on June 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


I loved watching that Bohemian Rhapsody crowd pulse like a single organism.
posted by blurker at 7:20 AM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


I hate the thing where a woman does a thing and then it gets described as "Mom does a thing"

I came to say the same. Like people are just amazed women who have given birth are able to function in any role that is not related to being a mom.

This woman fucking rules. I am seriously thinking of secretly taking lessons now.

Oh and the dads on guitars are ok too ;)
posted by the webmistress at 7:26 AM on June 14, 2016 [6 favorites]


One of one those big realizations growing up is that your parents may have been way cooler than they let on. Way more startling, is realizing the ferocity of their youth and the nuances of their history. I am hoping to impress my kids at some point.
posted by jadepearl at 7:52 AM on June 14, 2016 [6 favorites]


Like Snofoam, I expected a kids/teen band with one of their moms popping in to show them How It's Done. But...thirding that I came in after watching "mom" to convey my disgust that any woman who can actually do a Thing that is not Mom-related is supposed to be some kind of shocker. I'm a mom, and I can do a shit ton of awesome things and mostly it's amusing to me when people are surprised--oh, bless their precious souls to finally discover grown women with children are humans with multitudes of experiences and talents--but sometimes it pisses me off and this is one of those occasions. Also, I refute the idea that she has a band-aid in her pocket. Fuck that. You know who I'm going to be sure has a band-aid in her pocket? The person holding the damn first aid kit. I mean, how dare she have a low maintenance haircut and wear comfortable, if unexciting, clothing? Come on, we can do better.
posted by weeyin at 8:01 AM on June 14, 2016 [9 favorites]


[Couple of comments deleted; point taken about the "mom" framing, and wow would it be counterproductive to get into a big "are people allowed to object to that framing" fight.]
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 8:21 AM on June 14, 2016


Can I just say that the nosebleed seats in Emirates Stadium (the Bohemian Rhapsody link) look about as claustrophobic as an MRI machine?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:03 AM on June 14, 2016


Guys having band practice in the woods...

...a Mountie shows up...

...named Doug Sokolowski...

...because he wants to jam with them.


Back when I was in college, I was half of a sort of casual two-man (guitar and drums) metal band. We would just get together, get amped up on terrible things like Red Bull, and rip off some Fear Factory and Neurosis covers. As with any college, there was constantly construction going on, and one of the constructions sites was a brand new concert hall and adjacent parking structure, out near some empty fields and the freeway. The new parking structure was finished first, and since we were pissing off the apartment neighbors with our incessant noise, we decided one night to drive out there and see if there were any power outlets. Lo and behold, there were! So a few times we set up on the top floor of the parking garage in the middle of the night and just let it rip. A couple times cops showed up, we talked to them, they were like, "well, whatever, nobody's out here to complain." One night a couple was getting busy in a car at the other end, and they got out and danced around weirdly. It was great, but of course eventually (as the concert hall was nearing completion) the cops told us to beat it. But they never wanted to jam, sadly.
posted by Existential Dread at 9:42 AM on June 14, 2016 [5 favorites]




I got this video in my related-content feed. Now I'm peeved I've never been to the wedding of a drummer bride.
posted by Lyme Drop at 10:52 AM on June 14, 2016 [3 favorites]


I think the thing about the Mom Playing drums video that gets to me is that you don't often see women playing drums. Seeing an older woman playing drums like that is amazing to me (I'm 52) because I have been conditioned to think a woman can't rock a drum kit like that, and if she can, she must be a younger woman, because women my age don't do that, right? She makes me very happy.
posted by ceejaytee at 11:28 AM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


A nice collection subsupra -- The drunk singer one is charming. Especially for a drunk.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:30 PM on June 14, 2016


One nice thing about knowing the words to the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria" is that I occasionally meet street performers who know the music and I get to sing along.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:32 PM on June 14, 2016


I recall seeing the Mom playing drums a while ago. I think? she is a teacher, maybe elementary?

AH HA!!! *smug*
posted by annsunny at 12:55 PM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


I love the stadium-wide fist pumps during the guitar solo of Bohemian Rhapsody.
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:58 PM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]




This is a great post! thank you. And subsupra, the talent of unknown buskers never ceases to amaze me.
Also I wish I had Wipeout Woman for my teacher growing up. Would've studied a lot harder.
posted by GospelofWesleyWillis at 2:35 PM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Joan Armatrading's audience won't let her stop playing Best Dress On.
A street musician is singing Small Town Boy when Jimmy Somerville walks past.
Henri Herbert, keyboard player with the Jim Jones Revue (a high octane rock and roll band from London), gives an impromptu performance on the concourse of St Pancras International station, London on a public-access piano.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 3:44 PM on June 14, 2016 [6 favorites]


SO MUCH FRISSON! That impromptu Bohemian Rhapsody was frisson heaven! These were great, thanks for sharing! Off to enjoy subsupra's links now.
posted by bologna on wry at 4:40 PM on June 14, 2016


I think this has been posted here before, but here's Árstíðir with an impromptu a cappella performance of a hymn in a German train station.
posted by deadcowdan at 5:12 PM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am over the moon with this thread! This is some downright food for the soul.

I am in tears over here (subsupra, that third link with the reggae soloist homeless guy! oh my gosh). I am smiling, laughing, dancing in my seat, singing. This is apparently one of my most favorite things, too, who knew.

THIS is the power of music. To heal, to bind, to soothe, to overcome. Music has the unique gift of obliterating those boundaries that separate us. Music is LIFE.

Love love love! Keep the links coming!
posted by bologna on wry at 5:30 PM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


(btw I love dub fx - this is not a collaboration video, but I've watched this video so many times over the years and I enjoy it more every time, he's so damn talented!)
posted by bologna on wry at 6:01 PM on June 14, 2016


I love being around when this sort of theing happens. Just this saturday I saw Juno Reactor, and for this song everybody joined in for the heyyy-ehhhhh's and it was SO FUN
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 6:16 PM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I was just talking with friends from college, and it turns out we were pretty much all at a Cure concert in Chicago before we actually met each other, and we all remember the entire arena of about 14000 people singing along to Friday I'm in Love. It was pretty fantastic.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:34 PM on June 14, 2016


Previously on MeFi, watch French singer Patrick Bruel realize just how big his song J' te l' Dis Quand Même had become, in a concert from the 90s. (Thank you Harald74)
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 7:15 PM on June 14, 2016 [5 favorites]


The drummer's name is Donna Stearns. Among other things she is an elementary school teacher.

In researching her I came across this galactic nugget, also by Donna Stearns, no relation. The name is, it seems, inherently musical.
posted by grumpybear69 at 9:22 PM on June 14, 2016


Singing with people is incredibly healing and joyful, and the impromptu kind, like at concerts, even more somehow.
posted by rtha at 9:30 PM on June 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thanks for the added links, guys! I've caught some kind of mild flu and was sitting at home feeling sick and sorry for myself when I made the FPP. The videos cheered me up, and originally I wanted to do a post on the theme "artist pulls fan on stage; fan proceeds to rock their socks off" but I discovered that all the good ones were already linked in old posts. I especially enjoyed the Kristin Chenoweth and Michael Bublé videos subsupra linked further up. The artists seems so darned pleased when the audience members turns out to be brilliant singers.
posted by Harald74 at 12:30 AM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I needed to see that mom banging on those drums this morning. Thanks for that. It changed my whole day for the better.
posted by Chuffy at 9:18 AM on June 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ooh, I just remembered: when I saw Billy Bragg some time in the late 1980s in Seattle, people were calling out for him to play The Saturday Boy. He didn't have a trumpet player on tour, so he asked the audience to sing the trumpet bits. It was lovely.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:21 PM on June 15, 2016




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