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The World’s First 24-Hour Music Video

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This has been a very good year for Pharrell Williams, aside from the usual which includes a lot of good music produced (for major albums like Jay Z and Miley Cyrus’ ) and being directly involved with two of the biggest singles this year, Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, don’t forget that the pop impresario also got married (finally!) at the age of 40, to model Helen Lasichanh.

Pharrell, best known for his non-aging goodness and his amazing genre-melding music with N.E.R.D. and as a solo artist, recently recorded the song “Happy” for the new Despicable Me 2 soundtrack  and has now debuted a record-breaking music video for the song. The video is 24-hours long!

24hoursofhappiness.com

24hoursofhappiness.com

A first of it’s kind, the interactive video was released on Thursday, 21st November at the stroke of midnight and is available for streaming at 24hoursofhappy.com. The video features various dancers lip synching and dancing throughout a single day while the four-minute song is played on a loop. Each loop of the song introduces a new dancer/singer who include anonymous dancers/extras as well as celebrities like Magic Johnson, Steve Carell and Pharrell himself.

To allow the video to be interactive, the video has  a clock interface hovering above it which allows the users to fast-forward or rewind to different parts of the video and share any specific section they would like to in Twitter and Facebook. There are already non-interactive segments (up to an hour long) of the video posted on Pharrell’s YouTube channel which are also awesome to watch.

There is no better feel-good song than this one this year and I’m so HAPPY about the equally happiness-inspiring video.

So press play and sing along. 🙂

Happy

It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say

Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break

I’m a, Hot-air balloon that could go to space

With the air, like I don’t care, baby by the way

Because I’m Happy  (clap along if you feel like a room without a roof)

Because I’m happy (clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth)

Because I’m happy (clap along if you know what happiness is to you)

Because I’m happy (clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do)

Here come bad news talking this and that

Well gimme all you got and don’t hold me back

Well I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine

No offense to you, don’t waste your time

CHORUS

Bring me down, can’t nothing

Bring me down, your love is too high

To bring me down, can’t nothing

Bring me down, I said

CHORUS x2

Bring me down, can’t nothing

Bring me down, your love is too high

To bring me down, can’t nothing

Bring me down, I say


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Narayanan Krishnan – A Companion To The Forgotten

For the last couple of weeks – and longer – I haven’t been feeling much like a successful human being. Not that I haven’t been “inspired”, but I just haven’t been writing. Instead I have spent my time eating, watching trash tv and wallowing. That’s it.

That part of my life is over now because unfortunately, time waits for no man and for me, time well spent constitutes neglecting everything for writing time, not the other way round.

So during my “wasteful period”, I came across a video on Facebook about an Indian man named Narayanan Krishnan.

The BBC or CNN or one of those abbreviations did a short on him and his good work.

Narayanan, a chef-turned-social worker, has been named “A Companion To The Forgotten”, a fitting title since most of his work constitutes showing love to those who have no one to love them.

Narayanan Krishnan

Narayanan Krishnan

In Bangalore, India, he finished college and began working for the Taj group of hotels as a chef. He did this for a while until one day he saw a very old man eating his own faeces because he was so hungry. He went to a nearby hotel and bought what was available and gave it to the old man. “Believe me, I had never seen a person eating so fast, ever. As he ate the food, his eyes were filled with tears. Those were the tears of happiness.”.  This got him thinking about the purpose of his own life and what he was going to do with it. “In a star hotel, I feel all my guests, but where in my hometown there are people who are living, even without food.”, he says.

So Narayanan simply quit his job, as an award-winning chef mind you, and started to feed all the needy of Bangalore For the homeless, the mentally ill, the destitute and the old people who have no one to care for them, Narayanan is family since he believes that feeding is only one part of his calling and loving is the other.

He founded the Akshaya Trust in 2003 and no he and his assistants spend all day tending to the needs of the forgotten. They make breakfast and lunch before he goes out to feed those who cannot come to him for their meals, wherever they may be. He cuts their hair, gives them a shave and bathes them if need be.

He says he does all this so that they can feel, psychologically, that they are also human beings, that there are people to care for them and that they have a hand to hold hope to live.  So the food he makes will give them physical nutrition and the love and affection that he shows them will give them mental nutrition.

It hasn’t always been easy for him either. He has had to fight a lot of objections to his work since he is part of the Brahmin community and comes from orthodox family. Apparently the Brahmin are not supposed to mix with “those people”. They cannot touch them, clean them, hug them or feed them, and Narayanan has done all this and more.

But he says he believes that everybody has 5.5 litres of blood in their bodies, and so, they are all human beings. “For me, everybody is the same.”.

“There are thousands and thousands and lots of lots of people suffering. What is the ultimate purpose of life? It’s to give. Start giving. See the joy of giving.”