Happy Image of the Day: More Cowbell

People seem generally glum/cranky today for some reason, so I offer this (non-digital music) image: a Carnaval parade of guys in wooden, mustachioed masks ringing cowbells. More cowbell, indeed. Wearing wooden masks and cow bells strapped around their waists, Germans defied the freezing temperatures to participate in the traditional cow bell-ringing procession in Mittenwald, in southern Germany. The century-old custom is celebrated around carnival. New York Times Pictures of the Day, 2/19 Just remember, folks: musical instruments are a wonderful thing.

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Digital Cowbell Resources; Wired on “More Cowbell” History

Ah, the cowbell skit / Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult parody from Saturday Night Live. (see also text transcript) Like other viral Internet phenomena (see also: All Your Base Are Belong to Us), it’s funny and it spread. If you’ve had your head in a hole since the year 2000 (that’s where I keep my head), now’s the chance to catch up: watch the video, and witness Wired’s 5 year history of the cowbell skit’s spread through the Web. “More cowbell” is a phrase now? I can’t keep up with these kids today. CDM humbly offers its own cowbell …

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Digitally-Modeled Cowbell

Need proof that digital modeling has arrived? Look no further than Rad Monkey's Digital Cowbells. No, not the electric cowbells with electric pickups. The upcoming VLC800 digital-modeled cowbell with onboard DSP and models of classic cowbells like "Black Beauty, Oregon Trail Model 75, Alma Cogan Model V," and my personal favorite "Chicken Nugget." (via Gina Robair's eMusician Extra) I'm sure the mention of classic names like that is bringing tears to the eyes of nostalgic cowbell players. (You know who you are, as the site says, "You dream about tone. You practice relentlessly.") Ah, I remember the first time I …

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