BTC: Marlene Dietrich Playing the Musical Saw

Top of the morning to you! Although it’s noon here in partly-cloudy Los Angeles, the caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet, which can only mean one thing on a Monday: an installment of Better Than Coffee! This week, we have sexy Marlene on the musical saw. Whatever goofy shenanigans were taking place to elicit audience laughter when Marlene finally starts playing the saw at 1:25 have been lost to time, for only the audio survived in the clip above.

If Marlene has inspired you to take up the saw, you can either buy one online, or you can make one from scratch using the instructions on Dennis Havlena’s DIY folk instrument site. Dennis also provides instructions for making a banjo out of a cookie tin, a 4-string bass out of a washtub, and a hang drum made out of a propane tank. You can see Dennis playing some of these wondrous instruments on YouTube.

3 Responses to “BTC: Marlene Dietrich Playing the Musical Saw”

  1. Michelle Says:

    If you are a fan of the musical saw – there is an annual musical saw festival in NYC:
    Watch the video on their website – 30 musical saw players playing together!

  2. James Shearhart Says:

    Next up: The Coilhouse Infectious Earworm Junkyard Jug Band, featuring covers of Tom Waits, Lene Lovich, and Arnold Schoenberg….

  3. BlueAnchorNatasha Says:

    That was downright delightful actually. =)
    She’s so feisty sometimes!