Monday, December 27, 2010

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, Plus an Absurd Delight

It's been a joy having our son Drew home for the holidays. This was my first White Christmas since boyhood in Michigan. The show socked us in on Christmas Day, and it was glorious.

This week is a convenient one for moving our office because of the quiet time between the holidays. Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating, so we might not be able to finish the job. No matter; we will be settled in soon enough.

In the meantime, I have a couple videos you might be interested in. I made the first one yesterday as the snow continued to fall around our home. The scene was so quiet and peaceful that it reminded my of Robert Frost's famous poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (my dad's favorite). Thus inspired, I made the video below, complete with a poor recitation of said poem.

The second video is an excellent example of that 21st-century phenomenon known as the "viral video." You have probably heard this term; it refers to the occasional online video that, for some reason or other, catches on with Internet surfers.

This particular example was pointed out to me by Drew. It comes from Eastern Europe and was made in the 1970s. It shows a man singing a song with no lyrics. But that description in no way captures the strangely captivating combination of musical oddness, un-self-conscious humor, and otherworld absurdity that has led over 7 million people worldwide to view it. Try it; you may find yourself replaying it several times.

It's the last week of what has turned out to be a pretty darned good year. Be safe on New Year's Eve!

Video 1: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Video 2: An Absurd Delight

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