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Have You Seen This? Ben Folds composes song for orchestra in 10 minutes

Posted June 28

THE SYMPHONY — Recently, I met up with an old friend from high school who is a couple of years younger than me.

As we caught up, I found out he is the vice president at a large tech company and I had the realization that I am not as impressive as I once thought I was. Then I saw this video and realized that not only am I not impressive, but I am also not talented and I should basically never try at anything ever again. I'm actually pretty good at making fun of my brother, Dave, but I don't think that's a marketable skill.

Musician Ben Folds has recently been named as the artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra. As a part of that announcement, he was invited on stage at the Kennedy Center to join the orchestra and compose a song on the spot.

Taking suggestions for what key the song should be in as well as a line from the program, Folds had 10 minutes to compose a song for the orchestra, utilizing the suggestions.

The video is about 13-minutes long, but it will be the most impressive and jaw-dropping 13 minutes of your week. If you're like me, it will both astound and depress you. If your fortitude and self-confidence are stronger than mine — I pray they are — then you'll just be astounded, and that's a good thing.

This really is one of the most impressive things I've seen. I knew Folds was a gifted musician, but I didn't know he was brilliant. I love watching people in their element and see their brain work and do the seemingly impossible. That's exactly what we get in this video.

John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. John also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome and it just so happens that these are the three things he writes about.

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