Don’t tell me that, at some point in your life, you’ve never filmed a parody music video that you have the spent the rest of your life pretending never happened.
Don’t you dare.
One day, you — with or without a friend — were bored. You put on a song that was popular at the time. You started singing. You started dancing. Then the light bulb hit.
Nobody’s home … so … why not … film a music video?
Then you hit the record button on your computer, and lip synced sweet music while the actual song echoed loudly behind you. Five minutes later, the damage was done. You became an accomplice to your own demise and filmed the most embarrassing five-minute stretch you will ever have.
When I was young, a friend and I filmed a video to the song “All or Nothing” by O-Town. There’s really no more shameful song I could think of to make a music video to than that.
About five years earlier, another friend and I recorded ourselves singing “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. I’ll give myself a pass for that though because Jagged Little Pill still remains one of the best albums ever.
We’ve all done it. And if you say you haven’t, then you’re either in denial or you’re trying really, really hard to completely detach it from your memory.
But be embarrassed no more.
From this moment forward, filming your own music video needn’t be a badge of shame, regardless of the song choice. We can now all be proud of our work.
Why? Because this guy — this glorious, wonderful guy — filmed a video of himself inside of an empty airport singing to “All By Myself” by Celine Dion, and the video has now gone viral all over the world.
And it’s awesome.
A man named Richard Dunn, while stranded overnight in a Las Vegas airport, recorded the 5 minute and 20 second video on his iPhone. He lip syncs with passion, emoting at the song’s most inspired moments, and gave absolutely zero fucks about what anybody thought.
Here is the work of art in all its glory:
It’s an amateur video through and through, but any novice videographer can appreciate the camera moves and unique shots that he incorporated. It’s the Scorsese of amateur filmmaking.
And because of it, all of us who have long hidden our own secret music videos can come out of the woodwork. If this guy doesn’t have any reservations of himself singing to Celine Dion, of all people, then neither should we. There is nothing left to hide.
Wait, did I really admit that I made a music video to O-Town?