Ya know, I didn't even know what a hurdy gurdy was when this song originally came out..
I thought it was a song about some stoned guy singin' songs of love...
IMHO, it wasn't Donovan's fave songs!!!
Now, I have to go to the oven and see if my banana is cooked.. (wink...do you remember that?)
Read somewhere that the Hurdy Gurdy wasn't being played correctly by Sting..that song was soooo bad..he should have just sang "Fields of Gold"..
If you read the first link it tells you how much Sting knew about the instrument. ;)
You know, I don't remember what I thought of the song. I just remember trying to figure out if Sting was trying to get himself censored off the TV, like Janet Jackson.
I guess not, it looked pretty close.
Hurdy gurdies are very cool; I was surprised to see one in Sting's hands, and it definitely didn't look like he was playing it.
Loreena McKennitt had a hurdy gurdy player on her last tour, back in '97. Great sounds.
True, a nice gurdy begins at $3000. Shouldn't be thought of as merely a boutique instrument; I don't think. Someone had coined that phrase. True, this link: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4467512/
has the story of Sting with his. No one has a photo of him with it? I wonder why merely turning the crank for only drone recieves a negative comment. What is better than drone sound? It is a terrific musical tool. It is so hard to play. I have two. Some terrific recordings include Nigel Eaton's. But, to really play this is as hard as learning something like the obeo. As for its look. in a word: astonishing. My cell is 207-659-7788 if someone wishes for anyone to chat with on this musical topic. The central gurdy site is from Seattle and is just great. ~ over & out :)