Ragtime had its popularity peek between 1897 and 1918 and featured a “ragged” syncopation in the rhythm. Scott Joplin, the composer of Maple Leaf Rag and the Entertainer, is probably the most well known Ragtime artist today from its heyday.
The lack of modern popularity has never stopped Steampunks from exploring a genre, however, and so today I’m bringing you one of my stranger finds… Classic 80’s Hits Interpreted for Ragtime Piano, by Scott Bradlee.
The songs featured are:
Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Don’t You Want Me Baby – Human League
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN – Europe
Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
Material Girl – Madonna
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Never Gonna Give You Up – You’ve Been Rickrolled! ( or Ragtimerolled?)
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Did you pick them all out? It took me a couple tries and having the list in front of me to get them all.
Mr. Bradlee’s talent is both apparent and impressive. It would be very neat to have him playing some of his works at a piano in the lobby of SteamCon…. ah, yes, that would certainly complete the experience! If you liked what you saw/heard, be sure the leave Mr. Bradlee a comment in the comments section of the video!