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6 Sep 2010

Celebrations of Place (?)

You may well have already seen this, indeed 2.5 million people did before it was removed from YouTube due to copyright infringement, but I hadn’t seen it until this weekend, and it is fantastic and, I found, actually strangely moving.  Now back on YouTube, “Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)” is a parody of the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys song, a celebration of the Welsh town. Although it has been criticised for the fact that its producers don’t actually come from Newport, I thought it was hilarious, as a lover of warts’n’all musical celebrations of place, such as that for Branksome in Dorset (very silly).

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Caroline Walker
6 Sep 6:12pm

Thanks, Rob, for brightening up a very dull wet afternoon with this lovely little film.

Jack Christopher
6 Sep 10:26pm

Funny. Thought I admit I need to read the text to understand it. I’m from NY. Love how she’s dressed in Alicia Key’s tights.

Being from New York, we really love the original. It’s so popular here they’ve played it on stations that don’t play rap.

6 Sep 11:52pm

hear hear!

David Johnson
8 Sep 5:55am

Makes me homesick!

jim the jack russell
11 Sep 11:20pm

is there something like this for Totnes?

Harriet Stewart-Jones
8 Oct 2:09pm

Extrapolating the theme to a micro-level,(?) here’s “On the Bus [No 1 Bus 44.1]” – a song celebrating the No 1 bus between Weymouth and Portland inspired by passengers and drivers and recorded in 24 hours during b-side (the seaside) festival recently. Yay!