Post by mickeygubitosifan on Jul 23, 2013 7:52:35 GMT -5
I've been a fan of Uriah Shelton's work ever since he was a small-time bit player and supporting actor in television and film. I was especially glad to see him get a chance to do Lifted because it was the first truly featured role he'd ever had in a major project. Even in Alabama Moon he was overshadowed by Jimmy Bennett, but Lifted gave Uriah Shelton a sufficient canvas on which to demonstrate his many talents. I just wish it had been given a national theatrical release in the United States.
Post by Hard-boiled Harry on Jul 23, 2013 10:23:36 GMT -5
Here's the Mini Band again with their first original song, written by lead guitarist 8 year old Harry Jackson (the left hander with the black shirt). Keiran Fell (8) and Zoe Thomson (8) play rhythm and occasional lead guitar. Archie Zolotuhin (10) plays bass and Charlie Emmons (10) is the drummer. Lead vocals are by Harrison Read (8). Harrison has a little difficulty with his speech and for him to take on the high profile role of lead singer makes him a miniature hero in my eyes.
You can download a FREE EP of 6 original songs by the Mini Band here...
Post by Hard-boiled Harry on Jul 24, 2013 7:42:04 GMT -5
Okay I cheated and simply did a Google image search. His name is Phillip (Philip?) Vance, son of Paul Vance and the photo was taken when he was 9 years old during the recording of 'Playground of my Mind.' In a way it's a good thing that I did cheat because in all honesty I've never previously heard of Phillip and his father or of the song. Bearing those things in mind there was no way under the Sun that I'd ever have been able to guess who he was.
There are indeed some incredibly talented kids on this thread, guitarists, pianists, drummers of both drums and washing machines, singers and even a yo-yo champion. Here is a kid who does none of these things, he simply blows bubbles but he does it so well. The song is called Simona and it's by singer/songwriter James Blunt. This is not a song that I'd normally listen to but coupled with the images of bubble blowing there is something almost hypnotic and therapeutic about this video and I find myself watching over and over again.
Post by Hard-boiled Harry on Jul 24, 2013 8:00:51 GMT -5
And so back to something more conventional. I was blown away the first time that I saw this performance of Ojalá in the flamenco style by Colombian singer Camilo Echeverry (Echeverri). Since the recording of this video he went on to win a Colombian TV talent show and had since released two albums. It's not easy to buy either of his albums as CDs, if you live outside Colombia, but I managed it, I've even got a DVD that he released too. Both of Camilo's albums are available as downloads on iTunes and Amazon.
Post by scotty1958 on Jul 24, 2013 11:11:51 GMT -5
Yes, the boy in that picture is Philip Vance, son of songwriter/record producer Paul Vance who wrote and produced the song "Playground In My Mind", a huge hit in the USA and Canada back in 1973. In fact, it earned a gold record despite the fact my friends and I pretty much laughed at that song back then.
Philip Vance sang the part of "Michael". The adult singer is Clint Holmes. Turn back the clock to 1973, AM radio...
(As an adult I don't hate this song anymore. I can at least understand the meaning of it better.)
Playground In My Mind - Clint Holmes
That song was Philip's only claim to fame. Sadly he died in 2009 when he was only in his mid 40's. I don't know what the cause of death was.
Post by Hard-boiled Harry on Jul 24, 2013 11:27:54 GMT -5
I dunn think the 'Playground in my Mind' song was ever released in Britain. I've certainly never heard of it. Radios are one of my quirks. I dunn listen to radios, not ever. However your description of a songwriter/producer involving his son in the song immediately made me think of Karel Fialka and his 1980s hit single Hey Matthew...
You got any money today, woman? ---Get me two ice cream cones!
Post by Hard-boiled Harry on Jul 24, 2013 18:44:30 GMT -5
I really like The Mini Band. I think they're accomplished musicians for their age, they write great rock songs and they perform them well. I've always felt a special regard for lead singer Harrison Read because it was obvious that he has a speech impediment of some sort and yet it hasn't prevented him from being the band's front man. I read today that Harrison is also autistic. As someone with aspergers, which is also on the autistic spectrum, I now have even more admiration for the courage that Harrison displays each time he performs in public with the band. This boy isn't just a miniature hero for defying his speech impediment he's also an inspiration and a role model to other kids with autism.
Here are The Mini Band performing an acoustic version of Find The Time during rehearsals...
The 'official video' of Find The Time is a near the top of this page ^^^
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Jul 24, 2013 21:34:29 GMT -5
I completely agree with you about The Mini Band, and all I've seen of them is the videos you've posted here. To write and arrange music so well, and perform it on such a widely varied array of instruments, has already made me a big fan of the group. Harrison Read is an excellent frontman!