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The Grand Rapids Lip Dub and the American Spirit

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It is by any measure an extraordinary demonstration of the democratizing power of Internet video and of the American spirit.

A few weeks after being named in Newsweek's list of the top ten dying American city's, Grand Rapids, Michigan came back from the edge of death and made a stunning statement to the world, via a YouTube video.

Nonetheless, methinks CBSNews is stretching it a bit when it notes the video's "scenic shots of the beautiful city itself". Like most downtown cores in North America, beauty seems to be what city planners, architects, developers, and city hall seek to destroy.

In spite of the dreary urban landscape of downtown Grand Rapids, the spirit of the people comes through and one is left with a tingling spine and a soaring heart after watching this massive group effort.




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Updated 06-02-2011 at 03:38 PM by E-Male

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  1. CallousDisregard's Avatar
    But why chose a song about a plane crash ?
    I liked the video but the lyrics didn't match the attitude they wanted to show.
    I guess it's like all the people that add "O Fortuna" to their videos, they just didn't read the lyrics and aren't aware of the song's meaning.
  2. E-Male's Avatar
    Ahh, but the song is not just about a plane crash. It is about America's lost innocence. It is also a song of hope (suggests Pete Seeger), hope of not being fooled again -- which suggests hope for a better tomorrow.

    The song is famously ambiguous in its meaning.

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