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. A

    In that mucis one can hear smooching Steve Jobs' iButt

    December 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bufford

    The iBand video demonstrates the transformational impact hand held devices such as the iPad will have upon music. For example, think about be able to carry every instrument known to man in your pocket.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • h3110w0r1d

      Computers have been used to make music since they've been around. A majority of pop starts today use auto tuner to sound better. Music is digitally altered and edited to fit together. I have several friends that create electronic music for years and they have synthesizers and other equipment with touch screen on it, nothing new.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pleeeasestop

    While I own many Apple products, this is plain stupid....sorry. If you want to play music, use real instruments. I bet Apple's marketing/pr department is somehow behind this...

    December 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      What a killjoy you are! Who cares about whether a marketer is behind it or whether traditional instruments are used? It is what it is, a wonderful novelty. Get over yourself!

      December 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      It's a church. They are people who still believe in God, why wouldn't they be amazed at this?(/sarcasm) And to Elizabeth..."Who cares if they use traditional instruments?" Really? Because we are going to have a longer age of pretenders in music like we already have that's why. You will just accept fake in the place of real though won't you? Hormone injected fake food, makeup to create a fake face over your actual one, "reality" TV that is actually scripted. I mean who cares right? Let's cheapen the human experience a little further just for a smile or laugh.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned Racine

      Give me a break. Are you really such a scrooge? Are you really so old fashion? Some people just like to complain – even at Christmas.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dj

    I saw their Feliz Navidad performance, it was my favorite.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @dj: Really? Were you able to get it on that night with someone, or did you just order a pizza and go to bed alone?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lbl

    Wow, a bunch of ultra-smug looking hipsters standing on stage poking at an expensive toy.
    Now THAT's a concert that I'd want to see.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You know they get in a circle in a small room and smell their own farts. And to this person, "think about be able to carry every instrument known to man in your pocket"...The only problem is you aren't carrying or playing an actual instrument and you still will not being able to play a real one.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alan

    You Apple haters are as constant as the northern star, I'll give you that. I used to hate reading your diatribes, but now it makes me grin because the proof in Apples success must really get under your skin, and for me that's worth it. Hate on people! Hate on. And Happy Holidays!

    December 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Genius

    You know the north star changes right?

    December 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      lol, well "Genius" (irony), maybe you should familiarize (google) yourself with the expression "constant as the northern star". 😉

      December 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. musicnerd

    I think this one's better ::

    http://vimeo.com/18102732

    December 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeremy

    Here is another place doing a similar thing – Awesome!! http://vimeo.com/18058915

    December 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Heather

    I like that last one better!!!! http://vimeo.com/18058915

    December 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AppleAdvocate

    This iBand is much better...I agree with musicnerd

    http://vimeo.com/18102732

    December 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • garrett

      Good Call! This one is awesome!

      http://vimeo.com/18102732

      December 24, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. iShane

    Shilling product as news. I don't know what the sadder. The goofballs that read this and think it relevant to actual music, or the goofballs on that stage thinking just the same. Akin to mothers thinking they have a prodigal son because they are 'good' at Guitar Hero and march them right down to the local music store for guitar lessons. And just can't except that fact that little jr. actually DOESN'T have a musical clue.....you can blame the lack of a 'basic' musical education in schools and hence, why people don't know and/or can't tell the difference. Like equating somebody that can use a calculator as a capable 'physicists'.

    Sad for culture, sad for musical artist that ply hard everyday at their craft.

    December 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4limbs

      4limbs says:
      December 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm
      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. Lighten up, Francis!

      December 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Clem K'diddlehopper

    I need God's help. I need Jesus' help.

    December 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Angelika

    Honestly, I found it darn right awesome. That a bunch of techies could enable their i pads and i phones to do such things. It has absolutley nothing to do with marketing. It was done from members of this church congagation. Lighten up all. Will yeah.

    December 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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