Rewind YouTube Style 2012 features Gangnam Style & Call Me Maybe

Tuesday, 18 December, 2012

Few hours ago YouTube released Rewind YouTube Style 2012 featuring remixes of two of the most popular and frequently remixed songs on YouTube this year. Yes, they are of course Gangnam Style (973+ million views) & Call Me Maybe (361+ million views). I’ve no doubt that Rewind will gain millions of views thanks to being featured on the YouTube icon alone plus it has PSY and a long long long list of stars featured in Rewind. (see below)

To me, the two original songs are much more interesting than this Rewind remix. What do you think? In fact, some of the more interesting remixes of the two songs are likely more fun/entertaining to watch than Rewind. My personal favorite remixes include Gangnam for Freedom – Anish Kapoor and Friends (252K+ views) which was a direct result of Ai Weiwei’s 草泥马 Gangnam Style (994K+ views). And the Call Me Maybe – 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Team (10+ million views) remix.

note: This article is cross-posted by me to examiner.

p.s. Here is the long long long list of stars in featured in Rewind

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PSY – http://youtube.com/officialpsy
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A Les Misérables Lover’s Journey from 1989 to 2012 Christmas – #LesMis Part 1

Friday, 14 December, 2012

Les Mis @RoyalAlexandraTheatreTorontoCanada

Les Mis 1989

Love is a mysterious thing. During the 1989 Christmas holiday, a visiting friend and I walked pass the Royal Alex by chance. We, on a whim, decided to buy the cheapest last minute tickets available to see Les Misérables. Cheap seats were cheap for a reason and we ended up sitting in the absolute worst seat (yes, last row against the wall) in the theatre. To my surprise, even sitting in the worst seats, we quite enjoyed Les Mis. So much so that I bought a copy of the full-Toronto-cast-signed charity Les Mis poster (donating the minimum ~$35, close to or more than the ticket price). I treasured that signed poster for many years until a national mover lost it! Yes, it kinda suck for me!

Les Mis 2012

I’ve been quite excited about Les Mis again once I realize the creative gamble Oscar winning director Tom Hooper is trying with Les Mis (2012 film). To prepare for writing this series of articles, I went to Calgary Public Library and borrowed the following:

1) three Les Mis music CDs (sang by the 10th anniversary cast, the 25th anniversary cast, plus an international cast recording),

2) Les Mis (1998 film),  and

3) Les Mis (25th Anniversary Concert in 2010).

I remember watching Les Mis (1998 film) in the theatre when it was released and quite enjoyed it. To be honest, knowing the Les Mis (2012 film) is live sung by the cast, the dramatic 1998 film suddenly seem lacking in emotional impact (to me) when compare to what I hope to see from 2012 film. I ended up enjoying the music CDs a lot more than the 1998 film.

Watching Les Mis (25th Anniversary Concert in 2010) for the first time also was quite nice in terms of sound quality and the bonus material of the original cast singing at the end of the DVD. My one complain is the fact that the 25th anniversary performance was a concert so see the cast dressed in costume and sang standing in front of a mic reduced the emotional impact greatly for me.

Christmas 2012

Listening to all the CDs and watching the 25th Anniversary Concert has put in such a mood that I bought a ticket to the Christmas Opening show last night, for me, an unheard of 12 days ahead of the opening!

2012 #LesMis

I can’t wait to see Les Mis! Do you plan to see Les Mis? On Christmas Day? This article is cross-posted on examiner and is part 1 of my #LesMis series. More to come. Here is “Les Misérables – International Trailer


Girls’ Generation – Korean cultural export to the world

Saturday, 16 June, 2012

This morning my better half is “force feeding” me (LOL) with a steady diet of Girls’ Generation – Korean cultural export to the world! Girls was recently featured in David Letterman. Enjoy.

P.S. My “Reason alongside Passion” brain reminds the business side of things.

Bonus. BIGBANG – FANTASTIC BABY M/V


Michael Bublé, 15-year-old Sam and his mom Paula Holyman

Thursday, 8 December, 2011

Michael Buble and Sam Holyman on stage

Michael Bublé is one super cool Canadian singer recently featured on 60 Minutes (the behind the scene stuff is a ton of fun to watch). Have a watch of the following GREAT video of Michael and the 15-year-old Sam singing on stage after his brave mom Paula Holyman created the opportunity.

Check out this BBC Radio interview with Sam singing, “Teenager Sam Holyman sings at Michael Buble concert – A Stafford teenager got the surprise of his life when jazz singer Michael Buble invited him to perform live on stage.

Also see this Toronto Star piece with quote from Sam’s mom Paula “Video: 15-year-old’s impromptu performance wows Bublé


I’d Give You The Moon If I Could

Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

Don’t know if I want to have this “Oversized Full Moon Odyssey Mattress Pillow” in my home (probably not). But it did inspire me to find this beautiful song “I’d Give You The Moon” by +Jake Coco (& Facebook). [HT +Natalie Villalobos]


Remembering Amy Winehouse – Amy’s father, Russell Brand, Jian Ghomeshi, Moby

Sunday, 24 July, 2011

Hollywood Reporter, “Amy Winehouse’s Dad Addresses Mourning Fans Outside Her London Home

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said, “And as to you people in the street, I can’t tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier. We’re devastated and I am speechless. Amy was about one thing and that was love. He whole life was devoted to her family and friends and to you guys as well

CBC News, “Amy Winehouse tributes pour in – Late U.K. soul singer ‘leaves a gaping hole in our lives,’ mother says” Watch video of Jian Ghomeshi remembering Amy. And read Hollywood Reporter’s “Moby on Amy Winehouse’s Final Performance: ‘I Was Horrified’“.

Here is a loving tribute for Amy Winehouse from Russell Brand. I highly recommend you take a minute to read “For Amy” in full. Here is a short excerpt from “For Amy“,

When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.

Frustratingly it’s not a call you can ever make it must be received. It is impossible to intervene. Read the rest of this entry »


Zooey Deschanel’s Open Letter to Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrisson

Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

Have a read of Zooey Deschanel @therealzooeyd‘s An Open Letter to Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrisson It seems like a case of @latimes #fail #factcheck #journalism!

After reading the two articles, I felt like listening to Zooey‘s song In the Sun to cheer myself up. Enjoy.


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