Who doesn't love a good cover of a great song? Take something that's already pretty amazing and put your own spin on it — for me, I love it.
It's tough to pull off, but when it's done well, it's nothing but pure magic.
Somehow I've seen it done a couple times with the song Such Great Heights by the Postal Service. Their original is nothing short of fantastic, but since hearing it, I've run into two great covers: Iron & Wine (showcased in the move Garden State) and Ben Folds.
Today for Friday Tracks, just wanted to share them with you & see what you thought.
The Original — Such Great Heights by the Postal Service
The Chill — Such Great Heights performed by Iron & Wine
The Funky — Such Great Heights performed by Ben Folds.
On the cusp of Thanksgiving, I find myself reflecting on the things I'm thankful for personally, as well as what we're thankful for as a company. The list could stretch for miles on both, but here's a taste:
(graham) My dear family & friends, who in so many ways have essentially become family — their love & support as I pursue my dreams & passions.
(Life Equals) Everyone who is a part of our movement — people who get our Buy Health Give Health movement & are actively engaged in spreading it.
(graham) Green Bean Casserole & Pecan Pie — oh my.
(Life Equals) Simply the opportunity to practically help malnourished children through business; what a gift! Seriously, it's amazing that we can leverage our health to give health to another.
I could go on, but I shall refrain so I can get to the meat of this post: one things that is definitely on both my list of thankfulness, as well as that of the entire Life Equals team is that we're doing this in Kansas City. Personally I have fallen in love with this great city. It's a hidden gem that's overlooked by so many, but frankly, that's OK with me — I think part of what makes it so great is it's hiddenness.
(Here's a picture I took of Kansas City's new Kauffman Performing Arts center a couple months ago on my phone. For me, it's just another example of how great Kansas City is: in the midst of an economic downturn, private donors invested millions in building this gorgeous place to showcase the arts.)
But really, don't just take my biased word of how great Kansas City is, check out this great guest post on ohjoy.blogs.com that somehow managed to capture all of my favorite spots in Kansas City.
Eat your heart out — Kansas City is gorgeous and oh so very legit!
Hope your lives are filled with all that you're thankful for,
This post could alternatively be called: How to Create a Viral Video." *
Here's what the quick take-away of what I learned:
1. Find sweet empty space. 2. Become outrageously flexible. 3. Learn how to breakdance. 4. Set up cool camera angle/movement. 5. Record said outrageously flexible breakdancing from cool camera angle/movement. 6. Match video to legit song (in this case "Sail" by AWOLNATION). 7. Sit back & watch your video go viral.
All that to say, this video is amazing. Happy Friday indeed.
* personally, i count over 65k view in 2 weeks virality!
We just love our Photobooth & the chance to snap fun pictures of friends, both new & old. But, we've felt like something was missing. We thought what if we tied in outrageous pictures with our belief that a better you creates a better world?! What if the Photobooth tangibly helped malnourished children?!
So, we put our heads together & came up with this:
Now, for every picture, Life Equals will donate a day of health to a malnourished child through our Life=Life Project. One Picture = One Day of Health. It's simple, but it's a start and a step in the right direction. Our card looked a little like this:
We unveiled the revamped Photobooth two weeks ago in Kansas City at First Fridays. Per usual, we an absolute blast. You can view all of the pictures in our facebook album (do you Like Us?! you should). Here are some of our favorites:
Some days are Coldplay days. Today is one of them for me. These are two songs that I've been kicking around the last couple days off their X&Y album. Both are live performances, one by Coldplay & one by an amazing chorus, Young@Heart.