Helsingin Valituskuoro or: Too Many Tests! Tea Is Too Hot! Santa Claus is Stupid! Dad Is Allergic to Hairy Animals!

Posted in Comedy, Humour, Music on February 17th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: What’s up with the Finns? Why are they so cranky? Who cares? These videos are hilarious, and the school children’s song is even better knowing that the class, from the Poikkilaakso Elementary School in Helsinki, wrote the lyrics themselves. The chorus is brilliant. But I think what makes it so funny is that none of the children ever smiles – how could they record this without cracking up? They all look so serious singing these lyrics, and it just makes the video even funnier. Plus, each line of the lyrics doesn’t necessarily fit into the rhythm of the song compared to the previous line but still works somehow, which for me as a musician, just increases the hilarity of the entire production. God bless the music teacher who put this together. Who wants to start a complaints choir? WHY must we take it so easy? I want to learn how to play this song. Can someone teach me how to sing in Finnish?

Then you can enjoy a group of Finnish adults singing out their collective woes. Helsingin Valituskuoro, otherwise known as the Helsinki Complaints Choir.

I didn’t realize there are other such choirs, including:

Making Creative Noise in the Basement

Posted in Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys, Music on February 7th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: I am the guitarist in the Edmonton-based band, Hardy Drew & the Nancy Boys, and this is a basement video of us playing the song, “Heavy Early”, written by drummer David Leigh.


About PBD

Posted in Miscellaneous on February 4th 2007 by Randy Reichardt


Who am I, What is This Place?

Welcome to the pod bay door, and thank you for visiting this site. I am Randy Reichardt, a librarian and musician living in Edmonton AB. I was born and raised in St Boniface MB (Winnipeg), and moved to Edmonton in December 1978. Currently I am an engineering librarian at the University of Alberta, and the guitarist in the band, Hardy Boys & Nancy Boys. I am also the guitarist for the Edmonton fiddler, Amelia Kaminski.

This blog began in July 2002 on Blogger. Over time it has changed platforms to Movable Type, and then WordPress. There is no consistent theme on the pod bay door. I will write about whatever, whenever. Early on, I was posting a few times a week, but well into my fifth year of blogging, the initial enthusiasm has waned considerably. That said, I don’t plan to end this activity any time soon, and will continue to maintain my blog, and my domain, for a time to come.

For those wondering, the name is taken from the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. You can hear it about 53 seconds into this clip.

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