One of the fun things about the internet, is that you can start out on one website and topic, and then start hopping from one related link to another, often winding up in some interesting and unexpected places.
This happened to me one evening when I was looking at standup videos on youtube of comedian Bill Hicks. One of the related Bill Hick’s links was titled “Bill Hicks + George Carlin: The Big Electron,” by Melodysheep.
What could this be about? I pondered. Both Hicks and Carlin are favorite comedians of mine, so I clicked on the link and had a look.
To my surprise, a beautiful music video played. Sections of standup routines by Carlin and Hicks were edited, altered, and ingeniously put to music. Hicks and Carlin were “singing” their lines to a lovely tune, as images of them on stage were interspersed with visually haunting images. I’ve watched the video over a dozen times and I find it emotionally moving with every viewing.
“Don’t worry. Don’t be afraid. It’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice, between fear and love.”
Melodysheep is John D. Boswell, a filmmaker, composer, and editor from the pacific northwest. His work spans from television and music production to viral remixes and mashups, and has drawn over 100 million views online.
Most recently, Melodysheep created the 8 part series ORIGINS for National Geographic, and has done extensive work with Disney, PBS, and many other collaborators. A TED guest and Webby Award winner, he strives to evoke a sense of awe with his work by celebrating the musicality of life, nature, and pop culture.
In his project, “Symphony of Science,” he uses film clips of scientists to present scientific ideas in a musical and visually stunning manner. Some of his video “guest stars” include Carl Sagan, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Michio Kaku, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
From the above Wikipedia link:
Writer Nick Sagan, son of Carl Sagan, was impressed with “A Glorious Dawn”, giving it a favorable review and stamp of approval. Sagan writes, “John Boswell over at Colorpulse Music is a mad genius, sampling both Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series into three minutes and thirty-four seconds of pure, concentrated awesomeness… Love it, love it, love it. Dad would have loved it, too.”
Very cool. I also enjoyed several of the other videos at the Melodysheep site you posted.
I miss George Carlin…
I miss George Carlin…
Me too, proxi. Me too.