Inspired by the popular Blogoteque videos, Gleneagle guitar students were charged with creating their own Take Away Shows this semester. The idea was to present, and share students’ musical exploits however they could be achieved somewhere in the local community, be it the school building, or elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, and stay true to the original videos’ ethos.
A little background:
The Take away shows are la Blogotheque’s first video podcasts.
Every week, we invite an artist or a band to play in the streets, in a bar, a park, or even in a flat or in an elevator, and we film the whole session. Of course, what makes the beauty of it is all the little incidents, hesitations, and crazy stuff happening unexpectingly. Besides, we do not edit the videos so they look perfectly flawless, instead we keep the raw sound of the surroundings. Our goal is to try and capture instants, film the music just like it happens, without preparation, without tricks. Spontaneity is the keyword.
On the note of spontaneity, the following was recorded at the end of class on Thursday as an encore performance of Mishka’s final presentation of Death Cab for Cutie’s “I will follow you into the dark.” He had been joined by Kate’s vocals in class the day before, and Mr. Jackson suggested that AJ – who has been working out the finer points of the melodica this week – make the duo into a trio for the sake of a magical video moment. With teacher and iPhone in tow, Kate, Mishka and AJ went next door and captured this sublime cover.
You can view the ongoing collection of Take Away Shows on the Talons Guitar Wiki.