APPLE SEEDS: Apple a day and YouTube
I admit that in the early days of my career, you could find me standing next to the fax machine in awe. Although I didn’t even come close to understanding how it worked, I thought it was one of the coolest things ever.
That was then. Now – the world is a different place. Everything is closer. Propaganda has an entire new platform. News and information are instantly accessible, but as a result sometimes compromised by opinion and hearsay.
Yes… it can get complicated.
But, WE all get to know about whatever we want. The “Hmm, I wonder” moments can quickly morph into “Let’s google it.” Spirited conversation and debate takes on a new persona when you know that with a click or a swipe, facts and details are close and ready to tip the scales.
There are things I very much enjoy about technology (like spell check when I am typing words like phenomenon). Youtube holds a fascination for me unparalleled by Facebook, Instagram and any number of Apps currently trending. (see… I may be in the middle realm of my lifespan, but I know the lingo). It may even rival my ‘apple a day’.
Recently, I have become re-inspired to pick up my guitar and thanks to a patient cousin, I am toughening up my finger tips and learning to play. This week, the instantly recognizable first few bars of Hotel California (notes – not just chords which was my original goal) is my assigned homework.
Enter Youtube – I needed the real thing.
After watching an epic live 1977 performance from the Eagles, I found an acapella (voice only) version of Hotel California by a Cuban group ‘Vocal Sampling’.
I spent the next 6 minutes and 47 seconds totally absorbed in listening to five guys sing and play their vocal chords. The best part starts 4:18 in, lyrics done, and now a wailing guitar. (note: not the best part of the original song – which is of course the lyrics) Check out
I then moved on to their rendition of “Every Breath You Take”, originally released in 1983 by The Police on the Synchronicity album. I really do need to dust off some vinyl. This was even better than Hotel California (to be clear – their renditions, not the songs).
Intrigued by the tagline “This Guy has a guitar in his mouth” I was blown away yet again. Michael Winslow (Police Academy credentials) sitting on a late-night TV couch showed me a Whole Lotta Love in a whole new way.
I had been sucked into the Youtube world, where time stood still as I was entertained. I whimsically moved from video to video, finding treasure after treasure.
Youtube has taught and brought me many things –
- Information - How to remove the mower deck from our lawn tractor?
- Best belly laugh ever – Peter Kay LIVE stand up with funny song lyrics
- Best emotional cry over TV commercials - with the Budweiser Clydesdales
The list is long and diverse. I have been introduced to artists and music I would not have heard of. I have learned dance moves like the “running man” and the Viennese Waltz – okay, tried to learn.
Our world is different because of instant access to stuff.
Yes… unlimited, and oftentimes un-censored access to stuff can make things complicated. And time? Technology doesn’t save time, it just changes what we do with it.
Speaking of time. Take some, ENJOY – and YOUTUBE responsibly.
This Guy has a Guitar in his Mouth
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