Grand Rapids is not Dying

Along with almost a million other YouTube viewers since yesterday I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand Rapids lip dub video below.  The following article describing the video is from the MSNBC website.  Grand Rapids, located in western Michigan about 40 miles east of Lake Michigan  is the 2nd largest city in the state with a population of 188,040 in the 2010 Census.  Its metropolitan area population is close to 775,000.

Awesome YouTube lip dub proves Grand Rapids is awesome

By Helen A.S. Popkin

In an epic single-shot video lasting almost 10 minutes and featuring more than 3,000 people, “marching bands, parades, weddings, motorcades, bridges on fire,” and a helicopter takeoff, a so-called “dying” America city spanked a statistically-dying magazine, and entertained the Internet, too.

Grand Rapids shut down a good chunk of its downtown earlier this week to film its response to a Newsweek piece from January, which listed the Michigan city as No. 10 on a list of America’s “dying” cities. Set to a live recording of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” the city’s sassy citizens prove their town is very much alive via a massively multi-performer, lip-sync video done in a single, unedited take, what’s known on the InterWebs as a “lip dub.”

As the Grand Rapids Press reports, the video, “featured familiar faces, including entertainers, political figures, media celebrities surrounded by hundreds of football players, musicians, cheerleaders, police and firefighters, swing dancers, kayakers and more.” Of course, those faces probably aren’t familiar to you, unless you’re familiar with Grand Rapids … except for maybe WOOD-TV (Channel 8) chief meteorologist Bill Steffen. (All great weathermen look familiar.)

“If you have lived in Grand Rapids your whole life, or even just arrived, it would be hard to not say that the tiny hairs on your arms don’t stand straight up when you see the shots of the city’s most well known landmarks and the people who make this city so wonderful,” describes the Grand Rapids Press. Even if you’re not familiar with Grand Rapids, you’ll find this video thrilling. (It’s got pyrotechnics! Impeccably-timed pyrotechnics!)

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  1. Pingback: A High School Lip Dub and Memories of my High School | "And the Days Dwindle Down ….."

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