Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Featured on YouTube!

My Pachelbel Rant video is featured on YouTube today!!

Pretty Freakin' Sweet!

Little did I know that while I was out Christmas shopping I was performing for thousands of people! Gotta love technology.

Thanks to everyone who's watched it!


At 6:10 PM, Blogger Clara said...

When are you coming to Argentina? We would love to see your show here in Buenos Aires!!!

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Pachelbel rant is awesome, so it's only fitting that it should be featured! I will admit (a bit embarrassing, but I'm not afraid to admit it)that I enjoy listening to it about once a day. Or so. In fact, I think it's time to watch it now....

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Jerome said...

Ok, its a hilarious rant!!! I've forwarded it to 20 people at least, half of them Italians.

BUT, I am unashamedly a huge fan of Pachelbel AND especially his Canon in D. But then, I like good liturgical music.

At 3:44 AM, Blogger measly said...

loving your vids on youtube... you gotta post more! was the perfect late night entertainment tonight.

At 6:18 AM, Blogger hilary said...

I loved it and posted it to my blog.

After a little break of about 28 years, I have taken up the 'cello again and find it a lot easier than I did at 12...except for the fingering and bowing parts. Still having trouble with those.

I also can't listen to the Canon. Can't listen to the Beatles either. It's kind of a handicap from being raised in the 60's by a hippie.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Writerjax said...

My sister and I are longtime violinists... she's older, so I often got stuck with the crappy second violin parts! This is some funny music-nerd nostalgia. We've both played that damn piece so many times ... and here we were thinking the cellos had it good!

Merry Christmas, jac

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that that is amazing. I have thought the same things so many times when playing that song on my lurvely cello. I remember playing it in 6th grade and falling asleep. and yes, when you are tiny, girls especially, and are carrying a huge thing on your back, especially an instrument, boys want to break it. I am a junior in hs now and they still want to break it. Anyways, thank you so much for making me laugh, and for having the guts to make fun of classical baroquey stuff.

At 9:30 PM, Blogger kwillyau said...

Oh you are my kindred spirit when it comes to that piece of music. As a fella cellist you summed up in 5 minutes what I have thought for about 30 years. However I have never thought of the connection to punk/heavy metal music - genius.
As a female cello player when I was at high school, I didn't get bashed up, but I did get rude comments about playing an instrument that you sat between your legs.
Anyway I hope you come to Australia for the Melbourne Comedy Festival and you can perform that piece live for me and we can talk about how much we hate Pachabel's Canon together.

At 4:30 AM, Blogger Inma said...

Man, I loved this vid. Your rant is not only hilarious, but also brilliant. It's the bare truth!
I am a pianist myself, and the fact that all those songs respond to a similar pattern made me laugh, but they all work well despite of that. it's funny.
Maybe we just like the repetition, and can't stand when someone does something different, we like routine, I think.
All I want to say is that I hope you have a very succesful career, I'm sure you will, and now with the internet it will be easier for you, you have an inmense talent.
I live in Spain and want to see you here on a venue. When will you come?. If not I'll have to travel to the US to see you, you're too good to be missed. And I definetely would love jamming for a while with you. Piano piano, bravo.
Cheers and merry christmas.;)

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

My wife (former violinist) now knows how good she had it during this song.
I played cello from 4th grade through 12th, and did have one break in 7th grade when someone ran into me and I fell on it. It shattered.
That rant made my day. Thanks!

At 12:53 PM, Blogger emilybrammer said...

"This should be required watching for all sixth grade students," says my boyfriend!! You're hilarious! When do you perform in New York next?! -Emily, Manhattan

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I am also a cellist (one of the many apparently flocking to your blog to share our Pachelbel woes). I've had to play that damn Canon more times this year than ever before:
--> I've played at 41 weddings this year, and performed that Canon 38 times.

--> I also play in our local professional symphony orchestra, and am an education outreach. I do presentations in schools each year to prep them for a big March kids concert. Guess what one of the songs is? Yes, Pachelbel's Canon. I had to teach that song to school kids 15 times. And I pointed out all the songs it's been used in -- there's a Britney spears song that uses it too. Not sure if you sang that in your hellish medley.

--> A link to your youtube sketch has made the rounds to all the cellists in our symphony and other area symphonies and we're all in stitches laughing.

--> When I play the Canon at quartet rehearsals (at which the violinists like to taunt me and make me play it just to watch me complain), I usually make faces, mimic being asleep, and do any number of inappropriate things to express my disdain while I play.

Thank you thank you thank you for giving me something to laugh at each time I have to play this horrible song. ;)

I hope you bring your act to Wisconsin (yes, I realize it's not exactly a comedy mecca, but we do have a comedy club here in Appleton). I'll be there and I'll bring my cello and be your backup girl.

At 5:13 AM, Blogger Kendall said...

xVery very very good, best wishes from Spain.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger David said...

You totally rock man! I saw it on TestTube... =D You seriously rock man! Well deserved front page hit.

At 4:05 AM, Blogger suzyQ said...


totally had not heard of you until i randomly clicked on the pachelbel rant which is on the top viral videos too so congrats. Funny and your blog is very witty.

Do your part for international relations and pay us a visit across the pond! I can assure you that your humour would go down very well.

At 5:10 AM, Blogger Haiko Hörnig said...

Very funny. Hope to see more of you on youtube soon. Greetings from Germany.

At 6:13 AM, Blogger hd-23408 said...

Thanks you, thank you, THANK YOU. Another cellist here. I also counted the bars. My high school orchestra had to play it so damn much that I ended up writing up the "music" on a little slip of paper as two bars with a repeat sign after them and a little infinity symbol above and handing it out to new cellists, with the warning "Are you sure? Are you really, really sure you want to take the cello and commit yourself to a lifetime of this CRAP?!?!?"

Anyhoo, thank you for understandng.

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Elisabeth Baker said...

Merry Christmas :) The thing you have to do is help Pachelbel complete his pattern -- make a second set of 8 chords to answer the first, because 16 is a lot more interesting than 8, and besides, you can also make variations in a minor mode. For example:
a E F C d a d E
a C d F E E7 a/A
Maybe you'll come up with your own melody -- you could try playing Pachelbel's melodies backward or upside down -- maybe a couple of the notes will have to be pushed up or down a little, but you can do it!

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Katie said...

I too share in your hatred for this canon. Love your rant :)

At 8:55 AM, Blogger tina said...

i'd really like to leave some witty remark, but my coffee hasn't kicked in yet, and its nearly noon, so thats not a good sign. just wanted to let you know, saw your rant on, watched it a few times today. funny. honestly, trying to catch where you just made it *sound* like the songs were the same maybe because you needed to stretch the bit and were like "i bet i can make on top of spaghetti sound like pachelbel, hell yeah" but i can't find it. maybe you're just that good, or i should have had another wawa 24 oz before typing. i'll have to do a little more research i think, see if pachelbel goes better with flavored coffee, or regular coffee with flavored creamer......
it was good, it was funny, and i am impressed.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Ms. G said...

Wonderful rant! The "Taco Bell Canon" has long been hated by myself and every other 'cellist I know. I never bothered counting the bars - but I did figure out that for wedding gigs one gets paid around $20 per note in this market. That thought helps a bit.

At 9:11 PM, Blogger arunkumar said...

You're a genius... you know that don't you?

At 12:52 AM, Blogger elo said...

Nicely done. Can you list out the songs you mentioned in the rant by any chance? (might make a nice mix of taco-hell :)

At 12:52 AM, Blogger elo said...

Nicely done. Can you list out the songs you mentioned in the rant by any chance? (might make a nice mix of taco-hell :)

At 2:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyway we could get an MP3 of thins, or is it already available somewhere and I'm just the idiot who can't find it?

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:38 AM, Blogger Abigail said...

Hello. I just wanted to say that I came across the Pachelbel Rant on You Tube and it made me laugh harder than I have in a really long time. I too played cello in grade school and high school, and am playing it in grad school now, and I have exactly the same feeling toward the infamous Canon in D. My brother and I both called it the ubiquitous Pachelbel, but no one ever seemed to know what we were talking about. We could hear it everywhere - every few months a "new" song would hit the airwaves, and there he'd be again, stalking us. One time when we were slated to play the damned thing yet again, I and my first-chair partner even made up a new part where the cellos would get to share in the glory usually reserved for the first violins - our director told us we couldn't, because it "wasn't true to the spirit of the piece." What spirit? Oh, you mean the one possessed by a demon from hell who hates cellos and wants all cellists to die from boredom somewhere around measure 16? Ahem. It's almost as bad as those people who refer to the fabulous song from Rodeo as "you know, the beef song." Anyhow - I just wanted to say thanks for putting into words what I and I'm sure every other cellist ever forced to play the Ubiquitous Pachelbel feels.


At 2:19 PM, Blogger ziamarie said...

Absolutely brilliant, and everyone I forwarded it on to thinks so too. I played it to my 10 yr old who plays double bass and so gets to play that same part - she laughed and laughed.

Here's another example - do you know Streets of London, by Ralph Mctell, just the same!

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Mawar said...

Hi!! I write you from Spain. Just want to tell you that I laughed a lot watching "Pachelbel rant"! I study Translation & Interpretation at university and my teacher showed us this video the other day before taking an exam so that we get relaxed! I think it worked!

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

A pianist sent me your rant, and I immediately forwarded it to the cellist in my quartet. We were playing Pachel-hell at a wedding (what is it with ALL these brides?) and he started choking, but kept going. So, it is the kind of cello part the cellist can play even if he's dying.

I feel Abigail's pain too. I got asked to play "the beef song" countless times in high school.

Thanks for the laughs!

At 6:13 AM, Blogger Bep G. said...


Your words in the video are completely true. Im a cellist myself and the cello's part in the canon is.. I haven't words to express it, but it stinks real bad.

Keep those videos coming, Rob, I laugh to no end with them!

(excuse my horrible English)



At 6:31 AM, Blogger arsvirtualis said...

G E N I A L ! ! !

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Sven said...

Nice work! I put a link on my blog for you.

I must say though that you left out what is perhaps the most insipid use of the Canon. Back in the mid seventies Burger King had an ad campaign that feature these word to that wretched tune:

"Hold the pickles Hold the lettuce
Special orders don't upset us
All we ask is that you let us
Serve it your way!"

Try escaping that one.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger MeMeMe said...

Hey Rob,
This is a great take on Pachelbel rant. I've told quite a few people about it, so expect more hits. I've started to like Pachelbel Canon thanks to you, oops ;-).
Soooooo, when are you coming to London? MAKE IT SOON!!!!

At 3:37 PM, Blogger MeMeMe said...

Hey Rob,
This is a great take/rant about Pachelbel. I've told quite a few people about it, so expect more hits. I've started to like Pachelbel Canon thanks to you, oops ;-).
Soooooo, when are you coming to London? MAKE IT SOON!!!!

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Suldog said...

Rob -

That was THE single funniest musical performance I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Thank you!

Jim "Suldog" Sullivan
(Bass player)

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Ben C. said...

So a friend showed me the clip today. I laughed way more than was probably appropriate, and I'm on a manhunt for your other material right after I post this comment. Little did you know that while you were playing Your 54 bars, we in the french horn section were hoping you'd speed it up a little so we could stop resting for half the song, and join you on the SAME DAMN PART 36 bars in.

Your Pachelbel Punk montage made me cry. And I peed a little. But that's a normal day at work for me, so I'm not sure you needed to know that....

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this rant, LOVE it (despite somewhat nostalgic feelings towards the piece as a former violinist, but I didn't just admit that, did I?). As a violist, I do feel the need to point out how lucky we are that there actually isn't a viola part (if there was it would be worse than the cello part, for sure) and the piece actually just has three violin parts.

In any case, I just LOVE the fact that "viola" is actually used in a comedy sketch. And I LOVE this rant, or did I mention that already? ;-)

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Galvanized said...

Rob, my daughter, too, has lugged her cello around for 6 years now and LOVES this video because she totally identifies with it! And she also agrees about the second violins part. LOL She says you turned out pretty cool for a fellow "dorkestra" member. :)

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Frankie said...

I could rave about this all day long but I won't, I'll keep it short: You are an absolute genius. Thankyou for sharing this true talent with us!

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Lilith said...

I know an eternity has gone since you post this, but I saw the video with Spanish subtitles few minutes ago (and with them everything looks a lot funnier) and I needed to say what a big truth it was...

I'm 17 and I've been playing cello since I was 6 or 7. I've never been very good at it, specially when I had to play in a group, but "only god" knows how many times I've played those damn 8 notes, cause I got lost somewhere between the 25th and the 30th... I do like the Canon, playing it is what I hate. And I agree with the 2nd violins and "viola's" part too. And it's even more depressing if these parts are played by flautes and clarinets. Really >.<
You feel less alone in this world when somebody is saying exactly what you are thinking xD
Sorry for my English and best regards from Spain =)

P.S: Are you playing cello still?

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Michel said...

This is for Elo, who asked for a list of the songs used in The Rant:

- Vitamin C: Graduation (Friends Forever)
- Aerosmith: Cryin'
- Coven: One tin soldier
- Blues Traveler: Hook
- Green Day: Basket Case
- Matchbox 20: Push
- Bush: Machine Head
- U2: With or without you
- Nathalie Imbruglia: Torn
- Avril Lavigne: Sk8r boi
- Twisted Sister: We're not gonna take it
- Title song of "Laverne and Shirley" by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox: Making our dreams come true
- Bob Marley: No woman no cry
- The Beatles: Let It Be

And obviously...

- Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D

Thank God for Internet, thank God for Internet, thank God for Internet, thank God for Internet, thank God for Internet, thank God for Internet... and for Rob.

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing. Thank you for making me laugh.

Vui dễ sợ, anh Rob ạ. Cảm ơn anh.


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