Although I'm on holiday in Canada, I've been doing some videoblogging this weekend for The Big Time Out festival in Cumberland, BC, the village on Vancouver Island where I'm staying with my sister. I've uploaded a bunch of videos to http://thebigtimeout.tv - it was all suggested and executed in the last couple of days before the festival.<br><br>Anyway, Saturday night's headline gig was Michael Franti & Spearhead. They're amazing, and Franti gets the crowd going crazy - but I'd been told I couldn't film them, and certainly couldn't post images or music to the internet. As it happened, I cheekily took a couple of minutes from the side of the stage and posted it anyway - I knew he wouldn't mind. But in the spirit of not breaking his copyright, here's a silent fixed camera Lumière of his shadow on the screen at the back of the stage.<br><br>When I filmed it, it didn't even occur to me that it'd be a way around the copyright thing. I just thought it'd make a cool Lumière.
Yesterday evening, on the way home over London Bridge in Rush Hour, listening to James Bond themes on my iPod, I was overwhelmed by the urge to flip open my phone and record this for the VlogDeathmath.com Drunk Underwear Karaoke Challenge. It's not Anarchy in the UK, but it was fun to do anyway. Next week, you'll be able to cast your votes at Vlogdeathmatch.com.
The rules of the latest Deathmatch are to use any or all of the words Drunk Underwear Karaoke as a basis for your video.
I wasn't drunk or in my underwear (it was tempting) but yesterday was my last day of work before a month-long holiday in Canada, so I *was* totally lightheaded with joy. Or maybe it was that I'd lost my wallet and so hadn't eaten anything all day.
Turns out that the challenge was designed to have enough appeal to attract non-videobloggers to the Pioneer Two Boots movie theater in New York where these entries will be screened on 11 August. If I'd known it was going to be shown to an audience on a big screen when I recorded it, i would have done it at twice the resolution. And I would have done it in my underwear. And I would definitely have done it drunk.
I was quite excited. Can you tell? The whole thing - before, during and after - was pretty intense.
I'd almost forgotten how incredible he is, what an amazing performer and musician... and how many hits he's had.
"I GOT MORE HITS THAN MADONNA'S GOT KIDS"
Oh, and then scroll down to see all the songs he's written for other people.
He plays guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, saxaphone. And composes, arranges, produces, performs everything at high levels of perfectionism.
AND HE ROCKS