"All Camp objects, and persons, contain a large element of artifice. Nothing in nature can be campy..."
- Susan Sontag, "Notes on Camp"
And what, really could be more artificial than the Hammond Organ, especially on a mid-sixties German variety show and in the preternaturally enthusiastic hands of the artiste seen here, the remarkable Miss Cherry Wainer?
When I first ran across her (surprisingly numerous) videos on YouTube, I at first took a fair amount of convincing that she was not in fact an invention of Amy Sedaris, but she does seem to be the genuine article. If a random organ-forum (and say that ten times fast) online is to be believed, she is now living in comfortable retirement in Las Vegas. I wonder if neighbors in the condo complex gather surreptitiously near her patio when she practices? I know I would...