Two of my favorite UK YouTube stars posted their reflections on content this week and it resonated with me because of what I wanted to post yesterday.
School's back. Time for somebody to do something shocking at the Video Music Awards. Nothing new. The shock is how reports of the evening overshadowed international events.
Jonathan Mann, who posts a song a day on YouTube, wrote a great song about the week. About how war in Syria seems imminent but look! Miley Cyrus' tongue! And it appears Fukushima is worse than we thought but hey! The President got a new dog! For Jonathan, that last one was not a political statement; he rather likes the President. It was a what's-going-on-with-the-media statement. I would love to share his brilliant song but the video includes footage of Miley's VMA performance and that should never be seen again by anyone. Not because it's foul but because we should all want better for Miley.
So. The press. What happened? Why were they at a club when they should've been at work? The only answer with any ring of truth actually came from the satire site The Onion. They ran a fake editorial attributed to actual CNN Managing Editor Meredith Artley (She confirmed on twitter that she's not the author; it's a parody.) The setup may be fake but the content is spot on. Take a moment to read Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning.
Mike Burns is a minimalist rapper. Yeah, he raps about minimalism. He also has two ebooks on the subject and his wife has another. I just read the first book while at the beach and kept imagining songs he might do based on the content. He probably has way better ideas than these, but here are my beach ramblings.
You Can't See Me about hiding behind "busy."
Weigh It deciding what's important.
Only so Many Days This one is almost written in the middle of Chapter 3: Mike writes:
I only have today to live.
Okay, then it quits rhyming but it ends with such a great line:
And...if I get tomorrow...I'll do it again.
Would love to hear this song!
The Work of Simplicity okay I don't have a title but something on this topic.
Everybody's Creative Oh, wait, he did that one already. (This one is on Mike's personal channel. His main channel is TOSCTV.. Subscribe to it!)
Hallway Zombie people who don't see the people right in front of them. This is the song I most want to hear. And not just because of the October tentpole marketing possibilities, though they're real. I mainly think it would be an awesome rap song. And in Mike's hands, funny.
Shut the Front Door about digital and physical inboxes.
They Can't Love Me Back a geek gives away her books. Or his.
Junk Drawer about clearing one small space at a time.
There. I've cleaned out my brain of these thoughts. I'll leave the actual art to Mike.
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