Friday, April 30, 2021

I don't know if you and I have the same sense of humor, but I can't tell you how much I enjoy these videos

There are things that make me laugh to the point of tears that my wife does not find the least bit funny. Like, not even a little bit.

I imagine this might be one of those things, but I derive immeasurable happiness from a series of Facebook clips called "The Same Video of the Same Guys Dancing to a Different Song Every Day." It is exactly what that title suggests.

What you see in every one of these videos is a few older gentlemen doing a kind of folk dance shuffle with a fiddle band in the background. But what you hear varies from video to video.

They take the footage of these same guys dancing and lay over top of it a different rock, rap, or pop song each time.

And it's always perfect.

Here's the very first one they did nearly 10 years ago:

A few things to note here:
  • There is a community of Facebookers who comment on all of these videos. They have named each of the main characters, from "Skinny Santa" (the first guy you see dancing) to "Colonel Mustard" (guy in the mustard-colored shirt) to "Maroon Cowboy" (guy in the left background).
  • The best moment of every one of these videos, almost without exception, is Colonel Mustard's enthusiastic entrance 30 seconds in. The creators of the videos always time it so that he comes onscreen just as the music crescendos or gets to a chorus. It's so perfect every time, and I laugh every time. Every. Time.
  • Occasionally Lady Fiddle Player in the band will get credit because her fiddling matches so well with that day's song. She deserves more recognition.
Here's another one, this time set to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off":

My love for these videos knows no bounds. Incidentally, here's the original footage from which this is all taken, with the original music and background noise:

To browse through the full catalog of these masterpieces, you have to use the Facebook link above in the second paragraph, as that's where they're mainly posted.

Terry is probably rolling her eyes as she reads this. Maybe you are, too. I, meanwhile, am soaking in the happiness that only comes from watching one of these. Thank you, Skinny Santa and the crew!

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