Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekly Discoveries

Snow Patrol's Called Out In The Dark is a great example of a song that works far better for me because of the video. Had I just heard it on the radio, I wouldn't have given it a second thought. But the video is so endearing, I can't help but appreciate the tune itself.

Last week we were out to dinner at our favorite Etheopian place and I was taken by the music in the background. I asked the waiter about it, and apparently they had a Michael Belayneh CD running. Of course, Michael is on YouTube. He's got quite a few tunes up, and they seem to span genres. This one has an EDM vibe to it, while this one feels almost country. My favorite of the bunch so far is Ashenefe. My Amharic is a bit rusty, so I've got no idea what he's actually singing about. Let's hope it's good things.

Kudos to Michael Franti & Spearhead for their tune I'll Be Waiting. He managed to work the lyric the best things in life aren't things into his song. Truer words have never been spoken. When you need a little pick me up, I'll Be Waiting is exactly what you want to listen to.

On the non-music side, check out Peter Hochhauser's This is not a beautiful hiking video. If this doesn't want to make you grab a backpack and head out on a multi-month adventure, then you have no soul. He does a great job of compressing the highs and lows of walking 2,650 miles(!) into 10 minutes of video.

And for all you foodies out there, check out Jas. Townsend and Son's Parched Corn Videos. Watching a video on parching corn should as exciting as watching paint dry, yet the folks at 17th Century Cooking found a way to make this terrifically interesting. Who knew there could be so much history behind one simple ingredient?

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