Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Wish For The New Year

"On May 22, 2011, director Rob Bliss and producer Scott Erickson made a video called Grand Rapids Lip Dub in response to a Newsweek article that listed Grand Rapids, Michigan #10 on a list of "America's Dying Cities." The video was labeled by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times as "The greatest music video ever made."

The nearly nine-minute video used 5,000 citizens of the city lip-synching to Don McLean's American Pie. Released via YouTube on May 26, 2011, the video received over 2 million views in the first week and was the 9th most viewed YouTube video on May 28, 2011. Since its 2011 release, the video has been viewed over 5 million views." ~ from Wikipedia (

It is my wish for the new year that my country, this country, would set aside the hate and intolerance, embrace our differences, and join together to show the world that America is not a dying country as did the citizens of Grand Rapids for their city.

Yeah, I know - wishful thinking, but united we stand - divided we fall.

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