Curiously Appropriate with a Minor Twist…

I’m cruising through some music videos, sucking on a Straight Rye on the rocks… and I realize this is a song that is “Curiously Appropriate” for our times. Just swap “radio active” to “covid positive”…

Lindsey Sterling on violin with Pentatonix (the original mix):

I really like that The Black Guy ( I know, I Ought to know all these folks names, but I don’t… I think of them as Tall White Guy, Squeaky Voice guy, Deep Base Guy, Hispanic Hot Girl, etc…) But the Guy who usually just gets to do Beat Box stuff is playing a Viola or Cello (I can’t tell the difference as it is just size) and gets to show off what he can really do with a classical instrument.

So yeah, Friday Night Videos R Us ;-)

FWIW, this is The Song that first got me hooked on them. H/T to David, the “Gay Guy” who first turned me on to them:

High Voice is not the girl, it’s the “little white guy”. FWIW, Ms. Blue Hair drives me slightly around th bend. As an IT Guy, the lyrics are my life…

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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10 Responses to Curiously Appropriate with a Minor Twist…

  1. Martin C says:

    That is a nice rendition; but Radioactive was originally by Imagine Dragons (my daughter loves their music); perhaps because it was the first time i heard it, i like Imagine Dragon’s version better.

  2. andysaurus says:

    Viola usually fits under the chin. That’s a Cello.

  3. E.M.Smith says:


    Thanks! One of the areas about which I know very little is musical instruments and tech. Can’t read music (can sort of follow along if others are singing and the little bubbles tell me “go up” or “go down” is coming next ;-) and can sort of pick out the common instruments. Piccolo vs Flute vs Clarinet and such. But sorting them into detailed categories? Umm…

    So I know a Base Fiddle is the big one, and a Violin is the little one, and in between is “other stuff”…

    When folks accuse me of “knowing everything” I use Opera, Music, and Theatre / Art as counter examples where I’m essentially Tourist Level Clueless. Just never cared to dive into the details, I get all I want just from watching / listening to it. FWIW, another one is “Fashion”. Can’t tell a taupe from a camel color. It’s all “brown” to me. Long, short, pleated, not – just a “dress”.

    I have a lot of limitations, I’m just not usually found talking about areas where I know not…

  4. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – Get an empty grrowler and learn to get the jug bass sound out of it, then hey! When anyone asks if you play an instrument, you can say sure. I play the jug.

    If you have a few different size jugs to vary the pitch, you can add the bass beat to about any song and jam like a pro. You can also vary the pitch with a single jug, but by then, you’d be a jug band hall of famer.

    I’m not kidding. You might consider messing around with it when you get settled in to your new digs. And if it’s Tennessee, you’ll be quite the popular guy at bluegrass jams. The jug and spoons are the rhythm section. They usually don’t have drums; Bass, fiddle, guitar, banjo, jug, spoons, mandolin optional.

    Ewtube lesson:

  5. Ossqss says:

    So ya know the original version, I think :-)

  6. The True Nolan says:

    If you drill a hole in a ceramic jug, can you get two good notes out of it? Might be good for playing a song written for digeridoos…

  7. rherndon47 says:

    I love Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix as well as the song Radioactive. Very good cover. It was especially fun making the word substitution!

  8. philjourdan says:

    @EMS – you can learn to read music easy! Any Computer programmer can. I had a guy who played the piano teach me how to read it. I cannot play a note but learned to read it in about 4 hours. It is very structured. (I used the knowledge to program all the PCs to play Christmas Carols back in the mid 80s)

  9. E.M.Smith says:


    It isn’t a lack of ability, it’s a lack of interest. Once, decades and decades ago, I looked into it. I understand the functions (fullness of the bubble is length, location up and down is pitch, etc.) and at one time I could tell you what the feathers on the stem of the bubble meant… but just didn’t care enough to hang onto it. Can’t say anymore what note is each line (or space between them) and the signature at the front tells something like “key” IIRC. (Though I’m a little fuzzy on what a “key” is and how or why you change them… I think it is something like offset inside the base octave or maybe which octave you start at… )

    But shove a page of music in front of me and it’s just Yet Another Cryptic Language I read about once and can’t read now. Kind of like APL. I wrote one program in it once, but could not now tell you what any of the symbols means. Ditto music scores. Got the idea down once, but then didn’t have a use for it or care about it after that.

    You could think of it as being something like tap dance. I’m sure I could learn it fairly quickly, but why? ;-) (I took dance in college and we learned “all the usual” but not tap; so I know I’m a quick study of dance…)

  10. MarcusZ1967 says:

    Your rendition of APL are like mine of COBOL…..

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