Saturday Video Roundup: kids play the darnedest things…

Good morning, and welcome to this week’s edition of Saturday Video Roundup. I’m your host, Katie Couric.

You might remember last week, when we presented some talented teens laying the smack down on the Electone. Well, JS O’Brien one of my colleagues who shall remain nameless wasn’t all that impressed. He comes from a pretty serious music background, I think, and let us know that there are lots of kids out there who are even more talented. I said if that’s the case, we have a moral obligation to bring them before our readers.

So he hit the YouTubes and brought back some outstanding examples, as promised. Enjoy.

On this first clip, be sure to stick around at least as far as the 3:30 mark.

Here’s another great piece, although this girl is a bit older. Like that’s going to make me feel a little less inferior, I guess.

This little virtuoso isn’t quite five, we’re told.

I started taking lessons when I was six, like this prodigy. I could play the hell out of “Under the Double Eagle” and “Travelin’ Band” by the time I was 12. Which is another way of saying I wasn’t quite this good.

Also six. You’re kidding, right?

Let’s step away from the piano for a moment and see what these teens (14, 15, and 17) can do.

What can the 14 year-old do on her own, I wonder?

I guess it’s a good thing I gave up the piano for the tuba, and then gave up the tuba for the good of mankind. In any case, you should now be feeling inspired or demoralized, or maybe a bit of both. If you’re in the latter camp, the good news is that there’s football on today, and the prospect of athletes speaking into microphones ought to make you feel a little better about yourself, huh?

Have a good weekend, and we’ll see you next time.

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7 replies »

  1. I’ll see your 5 and 6 year olds and raise you a three year old. (Knowing Sam’s poker playing skills first hand, I believe this is a safe bet 🙂

  2. Wow. I didn’t even know it was possible for 3-year-olds to have that kind of neuro-muscular control.


  3. Dr. Slammy said: “There’s only so much you can do with an unsuited 8-high”

    You could either fold or bluff your ass off. In low ball, an unsuited 8-high could be an awesome hand. Whenever my friends tell me that they always get the worst hands in poker, I tell them to play low ball and become rich:)


  4. Great stuff there, esp. the first kid, but I’m sticking with the Kansas girl. She rocks, and I doubt Kerry Livgren or Steve Walsh would disagree. 🙂

  5. Well, Mike, I’d say that if you gave any of the kids here an instrument that plays entire extended chords of 100 different instruments with the press of a single key, they might just impress you.