Tired Of The Ice Bucket Challenge?

Composer/keyboardist Jordan Rudess is sick of ice bucket challenge videos (h/t Ed Goldstein) but unlike most of us who just gripe about it, he did something creative by coming up with his own variation: playing an uber-cool, not-so-easy, chromatic riff in 13/8 while talking about his day.

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"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

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5 thoughts on “Tired Of The Ice Bucket Challenge?

  1. I missed the part where he mentions making a donation to ALS research. Which is the whole point. I’m sorry but no one is forcing him to watch ice bucket challenges. His seems a bit mean-spirited.

  2. I see it as anything but mean spirited and I can’t count the number of times ice bucket challenge videos fail to mention donating. Add to that the entire premise is based around the original ALS effort so assuming that the viewer knows what you’re talking about is sufficiently self-evident.

  3. Impressive technical abilities he has, that Rudness. But much like most of the Dream Theater repertoire, it’s just not that interesting to listen to.

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