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This morning I was driving to the Ypsilanti office; the sun was shining, the trees were green and blowing in the breeze, and I found myself yearning for that elusive and yet so enjoyable rite of summer: The perfect pop song. Something catchy with great drums that makes you want to drive the long way to the lake.

For me, “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn & John was the song of summer 2007. The year before that it was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s “Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth.”

So what’s it going to be this year? I’ll admit that I’m really out of the loop. Suggestions?


The latest installment in the WHOis: profile series is in the paper today.

Doing these videos has become my favorite part of work. I get to meet interesting people, videotape their lives, and create something (hopefully) cool to watch. It’s one of those “I can’t believe I get paid to do this” type things. Which cancels out all the stories that I have to write about people’s pets. Or the weather.

Shooting this video was really fun. I spent the better part of a day traipsing around Ypsilanti with a girl in a leotard and tutu. I shot her hooping on the median in the middle of Michigan Ave. while cars slowed down and honked (interestingly, it was mainly women doing the shouting), an abandoned firing range, and in the Frog Island Park amphitheater.

The music is off of the Ypsisongs CD, courtesy of my friend Brandon.

It’s my favorite video that I’ve done so far. I hope you like it too.

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