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25 Responses to “Elephant plays piano”

  1. Sam Stacklin says:

    I think this should be titled “Peter the elephant is an asshole to a pianist.”  Banging on the keys and shoving the back of his head does not count a “playing a piano.”

  2. Funk Daddy says:

    I like his regard for the horror that an elephant tickling the ivory might represent to an elephant lover. 

    • because all piano keys are made of ebony and ivory like in the song despite better, cheeper and less cruel materials such as plastic being available for nearly a century.makes perfect sense.

  3. robcat2075 says:

    Piano needs a little sign that reads “Please don’t squash the piano player!”

  4. Nash Rambler says:

    PETER THE ELEPHANT: Play for me primate.  Something catchy, something bouncy.
    PAUL BARTON: *plays a few bars of “Baby Elephant Walk” by Henry Mancini*
    PETER: Oh very droll, tiny, squishy being.  Quite clever.  I suppose you know what happens next?
    PAUL BARTON: *sadly plays a few bars of “Elephant Stepped on My Foot” by Maceo Parker*

  5. Brainspore says:

    Obligatory Larson:

    • Brainspore says:

      Come to think of it, I can remember at least three “Far Side” comics that combined elephants and pianos in some way.

    • noah django says:

       ”When all else fails, play ‘Louie Louie,’ right?” –Iggy Pop

      come to think of it, the Stooges did play like a bunch of elephants.

  6. thatbaddog says:

    Elephant hates annoying Maple Leaf Rag, and strongly desires for performance to cease.

    Elephant tries every way possible to communicate desire to Piano-man.

    Piano-man mistakes all attempts at such communication for encouragement.

    Elephant reminded once again that man is a species of limited intellectual capacity, piano-man especially so.

    • social_maladroit says:

      According to the experts in elephant behavior at Wikipedia, “Older elephants use trunk-slaps, kicks or shoving to discipline younger ones.” So, obviously, every time Peter bonks Paul on the head, he’s saying, “Hey! You missed a note!”

  7. Boundegar says:

    It’s kissing him!  Either that, or trying to remove his toupee.

  8. golvio says:

    It’s hilarious how Peter starts tapping the piano with his trunk like he’s trying to figure out where the sound comes from. Very fascinating!

  9. Henry Pootel says:

    That is truly a wonderful thing :)

  10. UncaScrooge says:

    Hipster Elephant was already into Elephant Music when Dave Soldier came through. You probably haven’t heard of him.

  11. StCredZero says:

    I wonder how she’d do with something sized more for the trunk? How about some footpedals? 

  12. Syn - says:

    Unfair! I already told my friends i was depressed. What do i do with this smile now?

  13. sburns54 says:

    Elephants are amazingly human-like! Peter’s technique, sense of rhythm, and ability are JUST LIKE MINE, with uncannily similar results.

  14. CLamb says:

    Is this elephant amused or annoyed?  How does one tell?

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