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As American as Apple Pie – Grand Rapids LipDub May 28, 2011

Posted by alwaysjan in Food for Thought, Music.
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My husband forwarded to me a link to Indiewire, an independent film site, with the message, “You’ve GOT to watch this!” (Click the Indiewire link to watch the Grand Rapids LipDub.)

After Newsweek listed Grand Rapids, Michigan as one of America’s 10 “Dying Cities,” independent filmmaker Scott Erickson decided to showcase his hometown in a one-take, 10-minute video to the tune of Don McLean’s iconic song American Pie.

When I told my brother, who lives in Michigan, about the video, his initial response was, “It can’t be Grand Rapids-that’s one of our favorite places to go. Are you sure they weren’t talking about Detroit?” He informed me that Grand Rapids is GR to Michiganders.

Maybe it’s because I can vividly recall the dingy bar I was standing in drinking 3.2% beer when I first heard the song American Pie, but I dare say, I got a little misty eyed watching this video.

At a time when funding for the arts is being cut from our schools, I’ve become all the more convinced that it is the arts that elevate our spirits while also bringing people together.

Psst! If it’s been awhile since you’ve heard the song, you, like me, will be trying to decipher the lyrics. But, it’s already been done for you on Understanding American Pie. The site takes you through the song verse by verse. Whoa! I think it gave me flashbacks.

I rate this video GR, for GREAT.  Enjoy!


1. Richard - May 28, 2011

Yes, this is one of the most inspiring videos I have seen in some time. It brought tears to my eyes because it reminded me how incredibly creative and resourceful we can be when we set our minds to it. I agree, the arts keep us civilized, in touch with our humanity and pulls us together when everything seems impossible to deal with. Thanks for sharing this with your readers. And thanks Jan for sharing your creativity with all of us.


2. Sheri - May 28, 2011



3. Catherine Sherman - June 5, 2011

This is all over the media and web, as it deserves to be. And it was all done in one take and in one long shot. Amazing coordination. Very uplifting.

When Richard sent this to me it was “hot of the press.” Two days later the story was on NPR. I like to think that I’m ahead of the curve – just barely! Ja


4. trenzullo - July 20, 2011

Richard is a sweetheart.

Thanks. There’s a reason I’ve kept him around for all these years. Seems like you’ve found yourself one too! Jan


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