I was honored to receive a Public Interest Award at my former law school!
For his fans, Gotye’s YouTube mash-up made entirely from covers of his hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” is one doozy of a love letter.
The Belgian-Australian artist (real name Wally De Backer) released the video via his YouTube channel this weekend. It features nearly six minutes’ worth of fans covering his 2011 single. “Somebody That I Used to Know” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been the best-selling digital single of the year in the U.S.
Called “Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra,” the video showcases amateur musicians playing the song on sax, harp, banjo, piano, bouzouki (a type of lute), and more. Also look for the full chorus, a capella singers, the acoustic solo, and animated scenes. Plus, clips from parodies of Gotye’s original music video, featuring Legos and Muppet-like puppets.
Love this song and this is a wonderful remix of the cover songs. What a super creative way to highlight the creativity!
How Tumblr Changed My Life
Those of us who track the world of Tumblr have heard endless stories of how the platform has impacted the users who make it run each day. We’ve seen artists discovered, communities forged, presidents elected, marriages, bake-offs — even a kidney transplant. So, in April, as we prepared to launch our features blog — and here you are on it — we asked users to share their stories. We picked a few of our favorites.
Tumblr makes an impact.