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That Cello Guy

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Cremaine Booker

Guilty pleasure confession time: the 1976 album entitled Classical Barbra by Barbra Streisand has brought me many decades of joy, and I love it to this day. I know it has been regularly jeered at by serious classical musicians and fans alike, but I just don’t care. It feels like home to me. In particular, her version of Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane got me and my wee one through a whole lot of long nights and bouts of teething. I still play it in my head when I feel the need to self-soothe. So when I heard this version of Pavane performed (in 12 parts) by cellist Cremaine Booker, commonly known as That Cello Guy, I was just blown away.

The young Dallas, TX, musician is the principal cellist with the Nashville Philharmonic and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. He has played for and toured with some of today’s greatest musicians including soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer, Nina Simone, Michael McDonald, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Nelly, Ingrid Andress, and many others. In addition to his obvious talent, I suspect part of what has made him so popular with such a diverse universe of musicians is his visible joy in his music. Looking around his YouTube channel, I found many lovely pieces on which to dwell. I can tell I’m going to be coming back again and again to this magnificent musician’s recordings.

You can listen to The Cello Guy’s gorgeous recordings on his website and on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also become a patron of the artist on Patreon.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “That Cello Guy

  1. Fabulous find. Thanks for sharing. Cello music is soothing and makes one feel something.

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  2. Thank you. I love “real” music.

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  3. I guess I forgot to hit “post comment” this morning. Beautiful music and proof again that classical music does not need to be so high brow. Yo Yo Ma proved this and so does this artist. There is another cello player in Nashville Tn David Darling who does a lot of
    new age music besides classical. You should check him out. Hal

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  4. What gifts you presented to us today! The cello was amazing, and I loved seeing a young black male playing so fabulously. But, the last video of four women touched me deeply as a black female. I was just blown away at the singing, but more the emotions that the soung touched in me. I am writing a paper on overcoming racism through Buddhist principles for a Master’s class in Religious Studies titled Introduction to Buddhism, and I have spent so much time this last week reading stories of pain and shame at being hated and mistreated. So, these women’s voices touched my soul. I could feel such pain. Thank you. I miss attending the symphony.

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  5. Oh! Barber’s Adagio is that song for me. Just glorious. 🙂

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