Gotta Watch: iBand Christmas; one-man town; flood takes home; race car crash
December 23rd, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Gotta Watch: iBand Christmas; one-man town; flood takes home; race car crash

iBand Chorus – Using only iPads and iPhones, a group of musicians rocked North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, to the sounds of the season. While banging away on keys, drums and guitars simulated by apps like NLogSynth PRO, the band, called iBand, tore the roof off the place while ringing in some holiday cheer.

Population: Me – A one horse town doesn't hold a candle to Buford, Wyoming. In Buford, you can literally meet all the residents with one handshake. Don Sammons has his own ZIP code, but he's not the victim of a cruel fat joke. Three years ago, his grown son moved away, making him the town's sole resident and only addressee. The nightlife in Buford may not be so great, but hey, Don gets to name his own streets and the city council meetings are refreshingly brief.

Home taken in flood – An Arizona couple watches in horror as their house and their memories are washed away on camera by a flood-swollen river. The neighbors come together to embrace the couple, showing that the worst of Mother Nature is no match for the best of human spirit.

Driver talks about crash – "It all happened so fast" is a glorious understatement for an IndyCar driver after a crash. Mike Conway describes the incredible collision that took him out of the race and left his car in shreds.

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  1. 4limbs

    Just to set the record straight, everybody on that stage is a totally legit musician. I should know, because I work with all of them on a regular basis (including that morning) in live and recording situations. The guy who spearheaded this whole idea, and arranged/co-arranged the tunes, is a monster keyboard player that could work with almost anyone.

    The whole idea behind this concept was to just open the service with some traditional Christmas tunes done in a fun, non-traditional way.....nothing more. There was no pretense at all. We went into it not knowing if people would think it was stupid or not. But, to our surprise, they really enjoyed it. And immediately following, we went straight to our "traditional" instruments and knocked out another set of tunes. It was all in good fun. People shouldn't read too much into this kind of stuff.

    I'd also like to address the misconception that anyone off the street would be able to do this. Unlike a RockBand controller, these apps are modeled after real instruments, therefore, they require a working knowledge of how to play them. Just because an organ is on an iPad, doesn't mean my Mom could pick it up and play it well in a couple of days. You still need to posses harmonic knowledge, solid time and an overall musical concept. Even if you have these skills, it's still difficult to pull off because of the lack of tactile feedback from the "instruments". The keys don't move, strings on the fretboard aren't actually pressed, etc. So I guarantee that a bunch of RockBand-playing teenagers would sound horrible if they attempted to replicate this performance within a week's time.

    Anyhoo, the whole point of my diatribe is to just chill out, and take this for what it is: A bunch of good musicians playing some songs in a non-self important, tongue-in-cheek fashion.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 4limbs

    Sorry about the double post. I meant to reply directly to iShane.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    @4limbs: And you think sorry makes it alright you little weasel?

    December 24, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. 4limbs

    Get a f$&kin' life, Cesar. I hate your salads, anyway. Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
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