Inspiration comes on all forms and today blog post is inspired by doing something so natural TV binge watching. I been doing a lot of that lately on Netflix catching up on my British telly as they say and I notice something very unusual, well unusual for us Americans and that is on British telly apparently police officers don’t carry guns. Amazing huh? I know I said I won’t get political here but there’s always the first the one and only exception to the rule and this blog is it. I decided to put down the martini’s, put down the remote and really think about what or how I will present this thought…..
“Creciendo el estilo de los años 80” Spanish for “growing up 80’s style” a childhood I wouldn’t change for nothing in the world is the topic of this blog post. As I sit here listening to Sirius-XM 80’s channel Don Henly “Boys of Summer“ memories of a time in my life where things were so simple. Even though there’s always the threat of a nuclear war the cold war between USSR and USA at a stale-male the world waits for one to call check mate a point made in the song “Land of Confusion” by Genesis, the 80’s decade started out with a whisper ending with a bang. 80’s created a lot of innovative stuff fun stuff. Some stuff didn’t survive and some stuff did survive and we still use today. The 70’s seen the birth of 8-track tapes and vinyl (albums), the 80’s gave us cassette tapes, CD’s, video, Walkman, Atari, Cable TV and of course MTV.
So many people are choosing to cut the cord, meaning that with all other streaming services out there why settle on cable or satelite tv that offers less and you pay more. Cutting the cord means getting premium programming for less. The question is now what streaming service to go with. With so many ways to stream content it’s a matter of personal choice really.
Hello Social Media personel, today blog is about that infamous SNL skit of Safelife. We all heard of those infamous Safelife commercials? “Safelife Repair, Safelife Replace” infact I have had the pleasure of dealing with the Technicians. I like how quickly they response, how relatively inexpensive they are but most importantly what a convenience. You probably have no idea why I’m blogging about Safelife, last weekend SNL did a skit, the basis is that commercial but unlike the commercial the Safelife Tech is portrayed as stalking a mother/daughter duo. Mother and daughter noticed a crack in their windshield as they were on their way to daughters High School Basketball game. Like the commercial, they called Safelife for repairs. Unlike the commercial, a creepy tech appears played by Beck Bennett. He fixes the crack and all is well or so we think.
Hello everyone I am very excited to bring to you this blog because I am excited about Netflix sleeper hit “Radius”. It seems like Netflix is making all the right moves with signing of both TV super media giants Fox golden boy “Ryan Murphy” creator of “American Horror Story” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and ABC hit maker “Shondra Rimes” creator of “Grey’s”, “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” to multi-million contracts for content. Netflix is definitely becoming a huge factor in how we watch content. With shows like “Strangers Things”, “Death Note” and the big hit “Bright” starring “Will Smith”, Netflix is definitely a big threat to Amazon, Hulu and other streaming media making them stand up and take note. If you want the viewership and to maintain that viewership you get the best of the best right?
Hello my fellow social media elite, this blog I decided to go a different route and celebrate the phenomenon that is Chocolate Rain. With lyrics like ” Some stay dry and others feel the pain” and ” A baby born will die before the sin” its no wonder Chocalate Rain is one of YouTube first sensation.
So what is Chocolate Rain? Who knows, all I know is I never seen Chocolate Rain I never tasted Chocolate Rain but is does make one catchy little tune and not only that but it makes one great virial video. Picture it YouTube 2007 you see a young geeky nerdy young guy with dark squared rim standing in front of a mic que the music a salsa style keyboard piano starts playing and then he starts to sing “Chocolate Rain….Some stay dry and others feel the pain” this deep dark rich bass voice fills the room. You’re sitting watching this kid who’s 25 but looks all of 14 pound out this song in this deep voice and it’s magical. You find yourself in a trance and no matter how much you try to stop you are now hooked. “Chocolate Rain….A baby born will die before the sin, Chocolate Rain….The school books say it can’t be here again, Chocolate Rain…. The prisons make you wonder where it went”, watching you have to wonder does this guy really sounds like this?
Who’s the Man behind Chocolate Rain; the man behind CR is Tay Zonday 35. At the time Zonday was a 25 year graduate student who have been performing at open mics to a relatively small audience. Tay thought to take his act online posting varies songs on YouTube as an experiment. He was looking for an honest feedback when he then decided to post CR. However, the song wasn’t complete only having the riff it would take him nearly 6 weeks to finish the lyrics. Back then YouTube nearly 2 years old, editors manually curated YouTube’s front page. Zonday was notified that another one of his songs will be featured on the home page. Zonday rushed to complete CR and have both songs as features because he knew more people would be viewing his channel.
Going Viral; CR wasn’t a smash at first it did take some time to go virial. The story behind that is about 3 months after the video was uploaded, someone from Digg.com (Digg.com at that time is what Reddit is today), posted it on the Digg’s front page and then someone from Digg posted on 4chan and shortly after the video picked up steam and eventually going virial. To date Chocolate Rain has been viewed over 114 million times and in 2008 receiving YouTube award for best music video. Not bad for an experiment.
Tay Zonday hasn’t done bad either, thanks to CR his voice over work that includes, Robot Chicken, the video game Happy Wheels. Zonday also made appearances on Adult Swim the Jack and Triumph Show, America Got Talent, GMA and recently The Steve Harvey Show celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his virial hit. Tay next gig is voicing a character on animation show that is based upon the Transformers franchise. Not bad from a kid with a Chocolate Rain dream.
With the every changing way we watch original programming, streaming is the way to go. Most viewers are cutting the cord so-to-speak and watching TV through Amazon Fire Stick, Google and other streaming devices. The question isn’t how to stream but what to stream. There are so many choices like Amazon Prime and Hulu the options are as wide as the grand canyon.