I still haven’t seen the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but I’ll probably end up waiting until it’s out on DVD. (What can I say? Transformers 3 ruined me—in the bad way—for any other “summer blockbusters.”) So, I’m obsessed with the theme song, written by Klaus Badelt*; while trolling YouTube the other day, I ran across this amazing piano solo mashup. It’s arranged by the young man playing in the video, Jarrod Radnich, who is some kind of piano/composer/conductor wunderkind.
I think it’s about ten million kinds of cool seeing a virtuoso pianist play. Yes, he puts in hours upon hours of practice. Yes, I’m sure he’s got boatloads of natural talent. But isn’t it freaking awesome to look at his fingers whipping across the ivories and realize that it’s a feat of one’s brain? The memorization, the motor skills, the muscle memory, the emotion and passion; music is physical, it’s cerebral, and performances like this simply reinforce my opinion that you have to be smart to truly be any good at it.
Also, I just really like watching his hands, even if his hair gives me shudder-inducing late-90s DiCaprio flashbacks. Blech.
*Many people assume that Hollywood orchestration master Hans Zimmer is responsible for it; he actually just took over for Badelt after the first flick. …Not that anyone cares—this is just me sharing.