Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ben Shapiro plays Schindler's List on violin at twelve years of age

This was served up on YouTube and my jaw hit the floor. Ben Shapiro hasn't changed one single bit since he was twelve. Claiming then to want to be the first American rabbi supreme court justice, clearly Shapiro was born into a deadly-serious family. Was he ever a child?

No. Ben Shapiro was not ever a child. 

The song doesn't seem all that technically demanding but it does have a few tricky passages that Shapiro handles deftly. Seems to me. Actually, I couldn't listen to the whole thing. Not my cup of tea, but watching did remind me of a conversation I had with my dad. 

My older brother and I found three old violins in our grandparents basement and naturally tried to play them. Impossible. There aren't any frets, we hadn't a clue where to start to tune one. None of the three were any good. We just made incoherent screeches and a mess of the torn up bows. My dad told me he hated violin lessons, his strong preference at the time was guitar like the cool guys played, but his own parents insisted he compete his violin lessons instead and that mismatch put him off pursing music altogether. He was no obedient Ben Shapiro at twelve. I said, "Violins don't even have frets! How in the world do you even know where to put your fingers on the neck?"

Here my dad switched to violin defense mode. His eyes widened then focused sharply. "Look, without frets you can get half-notes, quarter-notes, and even 16th-notes." Which makes a guitar very rudimentary and clumsy by comparison. And I appreciate that insight but recalling the basement discoveries I was still cold on fretless violins that offer no assistance with note finding. The whole thing still baffles me.



Comments on YouTube are amusing. Hardly any address the song or Shapiro's skill except to note that they too play violin and notice mistakes,  and they remark on periphery Ben Shaprio and  later day Ben Shapiro instead. But none of them remarked about how Shapiro does sound a bit like like Porky Pig when he gets excited which turns out to be rather a lot. 

I found the clip interesting because it shows a side of young Ben Shapiro that I did not know. 

14 comments:

AllenS said...

Chip!

Tank said...

I guess his Dad did not know that even with frets you can "get half-notes, quarter-notes, and even 16th-notes."

bagoh20 said...

Agree with him or not on politics, Shapiro sure is an impressive specimen. He seems to have an unusual amount of courage to go with his intelligence, so naturally, I hate him.

"I will speak for you, father. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am the patron's saint." ~ Antonio Salieri

AprilApple said...

Ben Shapiro for president.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/14017/report-obama-admin-funneled-billions-left-wing-amanda-prestigiacomo


chickelit said...

Glad you're feeling chipper!

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

I like Ben Shapiro for not being rabid with his #NeverTrumper attitude. He quickly realized that Trump winning was still better than Hillary winning.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

I am glad you are recovering Chip

Trooper York said...

Glad you are back in the saddle buddy.

ricpic said...

Well, I thought Shapiro was one of those "brilliant" NeverTrumpers, but since Evi is saying Shapiro saw the light after Trump was elected I'll forgive him...sort of.

It used to be that every Jewish wunderkind had to play the violin. It was almost a requirement. Proficiency at the piano was acceptable but the violin was the instrument that showed you had "culture." Nowadays it's Chinese kids that have to go through the torture of sawing away at the violin.

AprilApple said...

Why does everything have to be filtered thru the "does he or/ doesn't he worship Trump?"

Worse than the left.

Rabel said...

Try to imagine turning on your computer every day and seeing the smiling, surgically altered face of President Hillary Clinton plastered across every media outlet.

If Ben Shapiro had his way he would be playing that fiddle right now while the rest of us watched what was left of our nation burn.

Never Trump? Never forget!

AprilApple said...

did Shapiro vote for Hillary?

AprilApple said...

Plenty of us are relieved Hillary lost, beyond measure, but we still don't worship Trump. That's what SLN does to Obama and Hillary.

deborah said...

Ahoy, Chip!