You don’t have to look very far through my blog archives to recognize that I love music. But here is just one more reason why:
Now I am immediately jumping on Pandora to listen to some Cab Calloway.
Apparently I missed the initial wave of internet viralocity* when this video launched, because after just 3 days it has almost 7 million views. But I did miss it, and if it weren’t for my pal Warren I could have gone the rest of my life without ever experiencing this awesomeness. Be amazed & inspired!
The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck.
* My blog, my vocabulary.
It almost disgusts me how much time, money, and effort must have gone into something like this, but…it is mesmerizing and pretty stinking impressive. My son called it “the most awesome thing ever.” (My favorite part is the “spectators” around minute mark 2:35). This oddly inspiring creating is the LEGO equivalent of staring into the flickering flames of a nice, crackling fire pit.
After taking a couple weeks off from blogging, I find myself overwhelmed with things I want to say. There are so many amazing things that I have seen happen in just the last few weeks – I almost don’t know where to start. So I’ll start simple. I had the opportunity this week to take a group of our college students to Atlanta for Passion 2012. Here is one little glimpse of what we got to be a part of:
So, sometimes I just like to be the bearer of good things. Today is one of those days.
Matthew Mayfield has been making sweet, sweet music for a few years now, and his first full-length album, Now You’re Free, was released back in April of this year. The third single off this album, an emotional track called “Fire Escape,” was co-written with John Paul White (of The Civil Wars); and Mayfield just released this brand new official music video that is as raw and hauntingly beautiful as the song itself.
Enjoy. Don’t forget to share the love!
Robert Downey Jr.’s issues with drug and alcohol addiction were well documented in the tabloids, but his sobriety and subsequent Hollywood redemption turned into a feel-good story amidst an industry of exploitation. During a gala in his honor at which Downey was presented with the 25th American Cinematheque Award, the Iron Man actor proved to us once again that those who have been forgiven much, love much.