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).
6 Sep 6:12pm
Thanks, Rob, for brightening up a very dull wet afternoon with this lovely little film.
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
8 Sep 5:55am
Makes me homesick!
jim the jack russell
11 Sep 11:20pm
is there something like this for Totnes?
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
http://soundcloud.com/pva-medialab/no-1-bus/s-WFwd1 inspired by passengers and drivers and recorded in 24 hours during b-side (the seaside) festival recently. Yay!