Watch This Kid, He’ll Teach You Something

Since the age of the internet arrived, and more specifically, the YouTube generation, it seems as if every day there is another star that’s been seen by millions of people after he was recorded by an unassuming cellphone.  The boom-goes-the-dynamite guy, the sneezing panda, star wars kid, and a host of others have, for better or worse, become etched in our web-saturated minds because of their hilarity or awkwardness.  And inevitably, we’ve all fired off a link to someone or tweeted the latest clip we found that left us rolling in the aisles laughing.  I’m guilty of it myself.  And truth be told, this entire entry is essentially just that.  And with that, I present to you, bike riding boy.  If you haven’t seen it yet (where have you been?) then take a look, and enjoy all the greatness of this kid.

I’m 30 years old, and I don’t recall, in all my time on this earth, ever being that excited or proud of myself for anything.  I didn’t even get that amped up when I received my college diploma, or learned I’d gotten my first job out of college.  This kid, at the age of-and I’m guessing here-6, has officially felt a level of euphoria most adults have never come close to.  For that I say, rock on brother.

With his dad getting it all on his cellphone, it’s given us all a little shot of what it really was like to be a kid.  Sure, one day he will have to worry about paying the rent, and whether he has enough in his 401K, but for just a moment, we’re able to see happiness in it’s truest form.  I’ve probably watched this clip 10 times, and it’s still just as awesome now as it was the first time I saw it.

There’s something to be learned from this boy, considering we all lose focus on things once Monday morning rolls around, the alarm goes off, and real life begins all over again. So do yourself a favor and watch this video just once today as the week fires up.  Thumbs up, everybody……..For rock and roll!

The Video I Should Have Tweeted A Week Ago

I’ve known Ben Townsend for a few years.  A classmate of mine in college, we knew each other from various classes and the college radio station, where I was the host of the local blues/rock/southern rock show (it was pretty much all things Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic peppered with a little Blues Traveler) and Ben was one of the hosts of the station’s bluegrass show.  Over the years, my musical tastes moved more into the string band variety, trading endless guitar solos for frantic banjo picking and anything that sounds like it comes from the hills of West Virginia.  Ben, unbeknownst to me since our departure from college, had forged ahead as a musician himself, as the fiddle player in a string band outfit known as The Fox Hunt.  In a never ending attempt to one day see life on the road with a band, I reached out to Ben and his band, and asked: Can I come join you guys for a week on the road?  He said yes, the band agreed, so I packed up my camera gear, and with an assist from another friend from Alaska who also brought his gear, we hit the road with The Fox Hunt.  The finished film is still TBD, as it’s in the edit stages.  I wrote a feature piece for CNN, and below is a little taste of their music, and a larger taste of exactly how cramped things were stuffed into a van with 6 people. Fortunately, there is no ability to convey smell through a video camera.

On Deck: Liberia Orphanage Education Project

Of the million different projects in the hopper right now, this one is probably my favorite. There are some pretty amazing people who about 6 years ago, started an organization that’s based in Virginia, called the Liberia Orphanage Education Project.  It’s a pretty great story how the organization came to be, and I’m working on some videos for their website which should be done and ready for their website in the coming weeks.  Some of that stuff is viewable on the Vimeo link, but truth be told, it still has some tweaks and fixes that need to be made.

They are a great group of people, doing some pretty extraordinary work in West Africa, in addition to what they’re all doing with their own day jobs.  It’s a pretty amazing balancing act, but they pull it off quite well.  You can check out their website here.  Our video series is slated to tell the story of their trip to Africa for the first time in 2009, and show what great work they did while they were there, training teachers and helping the orphanages move even further in a positive and exciting direction. So if you have a moment, check out their site.