Spending all day reading and writing about America’s current condition can be wearying, but something lovely fell into my lap.
I’d known about the band/performer known as The Kiffness because of a great video that took the viral Wellerman sea chanty and turned it into something magnificent, with people from all over contributing their musical talents:
For whatever reason, though, I never followed up on that by looking at the other offerings from The Kiffness. I should have. It’s amazing what he does. My two favorites are this recent one, which beautifully accompanies a cat having an existential crisis:
And this one, with a sergeant keeping his troops moving:
It turns out I’m not the only one who’s impressed. This video has had 57 million views:
I’m always overwhelmed and envious when I see people speak in the language of music. I’m completely monolingual. I can’t speak any of the world’s other verbal languages, and I don’t speak music either. All I can do is admire those who do.
Also, this kind of thing reminds me that, while the internet has exposed us to a world of awful events and awful people, it also brings joy, laughter, and beauty into our lives.
Speaking of technology, the image at the head of this post is AI-generated, which is both impressive and scary. Still, AI has some problems. This is the version I rejected even though, coincidentally, the woman looks a bit like me: