For reasons that cannot be fathomed, I will be a member of the vlogging squad covering the YouTube Symphony Orchestra “summit” in New York City. Yes, I am working for “teh Google.” 

(Sell your Google stock immediately.)  

I hope you will find my first foray into video interesting, if not at the intellectual level (???) perhaps of Think Denk.  What I like about this debut is that it compresses an astonishingly small amount of useful information into its languid four minutes.  Within that limited time span, it seems to commit, or at least yearns to commit, every possible mistake of videography, often flagrantly, even immorally, with total disregard for the health and sanity of the viewer.

While appearing to be merely an naïve self-introduction, this video, I aver, contains all sorts of anxieties of identity (am I a pianist? a blogger? a YouTube commenter posing as a pianist? a pawn of corporate projects? etc. etc.), and simultaneously, intertextually, attempts to violently transgress even the basic expectations of the self-made video genre, so that while contravening these in a pose of writerly but sexualized constraint, it points a shaking, trembling finger at the caffeinated camera, which is really a laptop, if only to say “Why?” 

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  1. les
    Posted April 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Jeremy, it would be wonderful to see you perform as a guest w/the You Tube Symphony Orchestra on April 15. You’re a concert pianist first of all. Hope to see more of your vlogging.

  2. Posted April 5, 2009 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Oh yay! Your caffeinated vlogging is just like your blogging, which I totally love (reclines whistling Bach’s GV aria with a favorite handy soft green shoe)

  3. Posted April 5, 2009 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Love the vlog.

  4. Posted April 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Dear Jeremy,

    Your other vlogs, on youtube for the symphony are adore-AB-bleh!
    Wonderfully entertaining.
    You are hilarious!

  5. Buddy's mom
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Dear Jeremy,
    Your vlog gave me new insight into the purpose and meaning of my son’s clothing management strategy. I’m already teary-eyed from your Aria and can’t wait to weep all over my program (hope you wrote the notes – all that G major, why?) when I see you on the 7th.
    your fan

  6. kkmk1237
    Posted August 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Jeremy – the answer is obvious. You have been selected for your obvious appeal with 13-17 year girls on YouTube.

    Your YouTube video with MTT has 13-17 year-old females as the 3rd most popular audience (look under the “statistics and data” section of the page underneath the video. Most pianists have no popularity whatsoever with females of any age. Only Lise de la Salle matches you in popularity with 13-17 year old females – and even then, primarily in France.

    As further evidence, only the YouTube Symphony Orchestra *ambassador*, Lang Lang, has more popularity with female youth (Check the statistics on his Nov 30 video announcing the YTSO.)

    Good luck, keep working on your appeal to the teeny bopper crowd, and i’m sure only bigger and better YouTube honors will come your way!

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