Talk about holiday spirit! ortoPilot, on the heels of his third album of original music, just completed a December run of 25 songs in 25 days. Each tune is an acoustic version of either a Christmas song or a Yule-time chart-topper. Savvy as he is with video editing (you’ll notice lots of cool little tricks sprinkled throughout his vids), OP embedded a calendar to let you see his array of holiday tunes and pick whichever suits your festive fancy. The list includes Gary Jules’ Mad World, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall. The run climaxed with an epic YouTube collaboration of eight people, complete with a ventriloquist. Sweet.
For a laugh, give his costumed rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town a try:
And check out this inventive acoustic version of Bohemian Rhapsody:
oP’s music is good stuff, and he makes a lot of it. Two things I’ve noticed watching him play that the rest of us can learn from: 1) he uses a capo to great effect, giving him more vocal flexibility and allowing him to get real funky with open-string pull-offs and the like; and 2) his right hand is quick and accurate, giving the chordy parts of his tunes enough drive to keep his audience engaged. And as you know, we at The AV will crusade for better right-handed playing till Rodrigo y Gabriela come home.