April 1, 2021

Musician Soundtracks His Mom’s Life by Adding Silly Trombone Tunes to Her Chores

Musician Peet Montzingo believes “it’s a son’s job to annoy his mom,” and he’s certainly living up to the task in the most lovable way. He’s been using his trombone to play hilarious sound effects to match what Vicki, his mom, is doing. He follows her everywhere around the house, blasting out dramatic, brassy notes while she does her daily tasks.

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March 19, 2021

Watch the Real von Trapp Family Sing ‘Edelweiss’ From ‘The Sound of Music’

The hills are alive again with a new generation of singing von Trapps. The original Austrian family of Georg and Maria von Trapp—whose story inspired the Broadway musical and later the film The Sound of Music—have passed down their musical talents to their great-grandchildren: Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp. The four siblings were recorded singing “Edelweiss,” one of the famous songs from composers Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1959 musical.

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March 15, 2021

Malawian Musician Plays a Homemade Bass Guitar With a Glass Bottle and Stick

Remember crafting cereal box guitars as a kid? The cardboard instruments are fun to make, but they don't exactly sound too impressive. Malawian musician Gasper Nali is proof that some homemade instruments can produce amazing sounds, though. He plays what he calls the Babatoni—a handmade, three-meter-long, single-stringed bass guitar—with an empty bottle and a stick. Nali describes his sound as “the most beautiful and catchy original afro-beats possible.

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March 7, 2021

Illuminating Film Reveals the ‘Fantastic’ Hidden World of Mushrooms and Mycelium

The incredible film Fantastic Fungi reveals the hidden world of mushrooms and mycelium that lie on and beneath the forest floor. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg—the person behind Netflix’s Moving Art nature series—it features conversations and commentary from a variety of experts in the field; this includes mycologist Paul Stamets, food journalist Eugenia Bone, best-selling author Michael Pollan, and many others. With their help, the film explores the health and environmental benefits that these remarkable plants offer.

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