Friday, April 8, 2011

Glass - A to Z Blog Challenge

I find glass to be a pretty interesting substance. If you look around you, I'm sure there's tons of it around you, and it's made of one of the most plentiful things on earth. I drink from glasses. I wear (eye) glasses. I used to use it to light small fires in my back yard as a kid.

Although it wasn't glass, I made Stained-Glass cookies in the third grade. I don't have any pictures or anything, so here's a link to a Google search page, so you don't have to search for them yourself.

It may feel like a subject change, but bear with me... I love music in many forms, but sometimes even more impressive than the music itself is the level of talent and skill required to play said music.

I dabbled in the guitar, and I can hunt-n-peck out a tune or two on the piano. I have talent, but never really developed any skill. One day, I may. When I'm rich and famous I'll be able to afford lessons, you know.

When I was a kid, I watched Mr. Wizard with my father on a regular basis, and he (Mr. Wizard, not my father) was teaching someone that if they wet their finger, they could rub it along the rim of a wine glass, and make it vibrate and make a noise. I didn't get to try it right then, we didn't have wine glasses. We couldn't have nice things, we had me.

So I took this knowledge and stored it away as just another quirky annoying thing I knew how to do, and I'd pull it out of my bag of tricks when we were out to dinner or something and there was such a glass available. I was shocked to find out that there were people who did this for a living!

These days, I find the sound of a Glass Harp unique. I like it very much. It's gotta be such a pain in the arse in a few ways. Like I said before, I play the guitar, and I've dropped my guitar a few times. It still plays! It's probably a lot lighter than hauling around all these glasses and water, or whatever he's got in there.

This guy is pretty incredible with his Glass Harp. I don't do anything that impressively. To get this good, he must have had to practice all the freakin time. At parties he's gotta be one of the most boring guys. You never know what to get him for his birthday, cause he doesn't know how to do anything else, he's used up too much of his brain learning how to play the Glass Harp.

I'm feeling loquacious tonight, so I think I'll continue. (Sorry.)

I remember when my father told me that glass was melted sand, and I thought he was pulling my leg. I then saw it once on some show, but... then never again! Once again, I turned to youtube, but even the videos on there seem less impressive than I had hoped. 

Here's one that's impressive, but no narrative. 

Have you ever blown glass or know anyone who has? Got any better videos than this? Ever had stained glass cookies?