[I wouldn’t watch the Red Wedding video if you haven’t finished Game of Thrones Season 3…]
Ever walked out of an awful movie wishing someone had been kind enough to warn you about its crappiness?
Ever walked out of an amazing movie with the urge to talk about it with someone?
Yeah, me too.
That is, until I discovered Jeremy Jahns.
A while ago, my friend was kind enough to introduce me to said movie reviewer. As a person lacking in funds, I have to be extremely cautious when I decide to buy an overpriced movie ticket. I’m not going to spend $13 on just any movie.
Jeremy is also a person I can get an opinion from. Its awkward being the only person out of your inner circle of friends that’s watched the latest Marvel movie. I, for one, always have some kind of gripe about a movie (even if I did think it was Awesometacular!) and I want to discuss it! I want to know if someone shares my opinions! And even though conversations with Jeremy Jahns are obviously one-sided, its nice to know I’m not the only one who thinks a certain way. And even if I am, at least Jeremy explains why he looks at different events in other light (most of the time), allowing me to be, well, open-minded.
Peter Hollens is an American pop singer and songwriter. On YouTube he posts a lot of covers but also songs he’s written himself.
But, there’s a catch.
Most, if not all, of Peter’s songs are a capella.
A capella is music that encompasses solo/group singing without the use of any instrumental sound (aka no accompaniment). This means there is no piano, guitar, drum or what have you. Every sound is made with the human voice (and the occasional snap or clap).
I’ll admit it, I’m a choir kid. So when Peter shows off his mad vocal skills, and I swoon over how awesome he sounds, I’m biased. Sue me. But I like Peter Hollens because, when he sings, whatever he sings, I’m always like, “Hey, I wanna sing that too!” It’s like I can envision Mr.K teaching the class one of Peter’s songs, no matter how incredibly intricate and complicated it must be to recreate what Peter does.
And if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that chorus isn’t just about singing. It’s all about the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve put in to perform in front of people you’ve never met nor that you particularly care about and working together with your classmates – people you sometimes want to strangle. It’s about the memories you make – cracking voices, hysteric giggles, horrified looks (I mean those high notes are scary), and Shannon Dutchie across the room trying to [jokingly] throw you off your A-game. It’s about the feeling you get when you receive a standing ovation.
Peter Hollens makes me reminisce about all of this. He helps me remember why I joined chorus in the first place. He helps me remember why I like to sing.
BONUS POINTS: He’s a Game of Thrones fan 😀 !
Convos With My 2-Year Old is an ongoing web series on Youtube created by Matthew Clarke featuring actual conversations he has with his two (now three) year old daughter Coco. However, instead of Coco playing herself, she is played by Matthew’s friend – a grown man! – David Milchard.
Matthew came up with idea for Convos With My 2-Year Old when he thought about the things his daughter would say – which was perfectly acceptable with her being an adorable but selfish and narcisstic toddler – and wondered what would happen if they came out of the mouth of a not-so-innocent adult.
I love watching Convos With My 2-Year Old because not only is it funny in that should-really-be-laughing-right-now-this-is-so-awkward way but it’s also one of the only family-friendly Youtube channels I follow. Therefore, if I happen to be watching this with my family, everyone can watch without me feeling all self-concious. And, let’s face it: Coco is the cutest thing since baby hedgehogs.