Joy!

I love flash mobs, and this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. We I need something to lift me up this week, so here is “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell). A friend posted it on Facebook, and it is an instant mood elevator.

Like all the best flash mobs, it starts slow and builds and gets better and better and better and better. Watch the faces, watch the children and the babies. Let yourself be lifted up and become an Ode to Joy!

This is what BancSabadell wrote when uploading it to YouTube:

On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

En el 130º aniversario de la creación de Banco Sabadell hemos querido rendir un homenaje a nuestra ciudad con la campaña “Som Sabadell”. Esta es la flashmob que realizamos como colofón final con la participación de más de 100 personas de la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès y los coros Lieder y Amics de l’Òpera y la Coral Belles Arts.

Wednesday Video: Blue Bossa

(I’m posting today’s video a little late – sorry. Got caught up with something shiny.)

I dare you to sit still while listening to “Blue Bossa” from the great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

Wednesday Video: Thousand Hand Guan Yin

This stunningly beautiful modern dance is performed by deaf dancers. The women in white around the stage are directors who use hand signals to cue the dancers, who cannot hear the music. The dance, choreographed by Zhang Jigang is performed by the  China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe. Unfortunately, I do not have the credit for the composer of the music.

Wednesday Video: Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography

October being Anniversary Month, I am republishing some of my favorite posts, so why not repost a favorite video? I first posted this “Wednesday Video”  the 28th of March 2012. Enjoy!

A wonderful video by Australian graphic artist and web designer Matt Rogers at Rogers Creations, making delightful, creative use of a text written and spoken by Stephen Fry. Is it a rant? Is it a plea for sanity?

It is certainly a delicious interlude for eyes and ears and mind.

Wednesday Video: Gracia Harrison

The two or three people who have paid attention to my Wednesday Video selections will have noticed by now that I have a very eclectic taste in music. So prepare yourselves!

Gracia Harrison is a contestant on the NBC singing contest The Voice. This clip is from her “blind audition” – the first phase of the competition, which is really a final qualifying round. The hopefuls sing a short piece of their choice and the judges/coaches listen with their backs turned. The idea is that their singing alone qualifies them, not their appearance or performance. If a judge hits the buzzer, his chair turns around and the contestant has made it onto his team. If no chairs turn, the singer did not qualify.

Anyway. Listening to the classically country-style “I Want To Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” sung by Gracia Harrison makes me happy. My smile gets wider and wider until by about 0:40 or so my cheeks hurt and I’m bouncing in my chair.

Wednesday Video: I will NOT stay in your box!

Today’s video is a study in preconceptions, the breaking thereof. They are called The Zimmers. (For Americans – a Zimmer frame is the British term for a walker.) The lead singer, Alf, was 90 years old at the time of filming.

It was filmed at the Beatles’ studio on Abbey Road, and the little interposed clips are priceless. Watch to the end. You will be rewarded.