I adore Bots High, which is a documentary about high school students in Miami building combat robots and competing in a national robotics competition. Incidentally, many, many of the robot engineers are girls. That’s only one of the reasons to watch — I love these kids, love their smarts, creativity, procrastination, anxiety, heart, the ways they take care of each other.
Finally, it’s been ages — ages! — since I’ve posted some favorite 2CELLOS covers. Here are two heavy metal songs wonderfully well-suited to cello, for your enjoyment and also the enjoyment of your babies. (I’ve been receiving reports from friends that not only do they enjoy the 2CELLOS stuff but so do their babies. Happy babies! Just one more thing to love about 2CELLOS! ^_^)
Forthwith, a cover of Racer X’s “Technical Difficulties” and one of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” (I think NIN’s Downward Spiral counts as heavy metal, but “Hurt” has a real softness and lyricism to it, and the cello accentuates this — while the lack of lyrics automatically strips out a lot of the angst. Google the original “Hurt” if you don’t know it and are interested, but note it’s not safe for work — unless your workplace is okay with Trent Reznor singing about his crown of shit.) (ETA: Here’s an unplugged version of “Hurt” with Reznor on piano that is safe for work — and also quite lovely! Though if you listen to this one, you NEED to listen to the original, just to appreciate the difference.) (Okay, I promise I’m done babbling about this now.) After that, I also embed Luka Sulic of 2CELLOS playing the theme to Schindler’s List, with my parents, and listeners like them, in mind — for those of you who might love cello, but not necessarily rock covers on cello. This theme has been overplayed, IMO, but this interpretation, truly gorgeous, lifted me out of my lethargy.