more on Dan + Shay’s “10,000” hours video


First of all, it’s a very calculated and strategic move to have Justin Bieber as the still frame representing this video (see above), although the song is credited to Dan + Shay, the first release off their upcoming album. Having JB draw in viewers might help some of his fans cross over to the D+S camp, as seen below in the stats, there is a lot of room for D+S to grow their fanbase.

Instagram followers

Justin Bieber – 119,000,000

Dan+Shay – 1,000,000

Twitter followers

Justin Bieber – 106,000,000

Dan+Shay – 528,000

 

Interesting take-aways from the video

  • The duo’s biggest hit to date, Tequila, boasts over 73 million views on YouTube, posted well over a year ago. This video is nearly halfway to that mark and it was posted just over a week ago. The Justin Bieber nudge.

  • 10,000 hours is equal to about 416 days. That’s 1 year and 51 days. It’s 600,000 minutes. It’s also 36 million seconds… about how long it feels if you’re ever stuck in Nashville traffic.

  • All 3 men in this video are married, spoused listed below: 

Dan Smyers spouse: Abby

Shay Mooney spouse: Hannah

Justin Bieber spouse: Hailey


  • Dan Smyers and Abby can be seen riding a Lime scooter. To ride such things, it’ll cost you $1 plus around $0.30 per minute, give or take. They can get up to speeds of 15mph. Check more Lime info here.

  • There are approximately 292 words in this song. The song is 2 min and 56 sec long. That’s  roughly 100 words per minute. Or in terms of the song title, that’s 1 word every 34 minutes for 10,000 hours. 

  • If Matt Redman’s song, “10,000 Reasons” were mashed up with this Dan + Shay song, it would be called, A Thousand Reasons Per Hour, performed by 80s rock band 10,000 Maniacs.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

 

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Prince, another boring performance

It’s late at night. There’s nothing to watch on TV. If you’re like me, this means you fire up YouTube and check out… well…. anything! I lean towards political videos lately (Slightly Offensive and Fog City Midge are entertaining!), but the other night I stumbled across Prince’s Super Bowl performance from 2007. From there I went to Purple Rain covers by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffet and others.


A YouTube suggestion brought me to Prince’s live performance during the 1985 American Music Awards show. Honestly, I thought, this is going to be tame, possibly boring (how I feel about most music performances at awards shows). Boy was I wrong.

I’ve watched it over and over since then and there are so many points in the performance that I love, and a couple that make the hate list.

Love list

  • The stage setup. While boring (see below), it also is so bland that you can’t help but focus solely on Prince and the music. So the unentertaining stage and background actually is a good thing, I guess.
  • The emotion on his face. He’s not just singing a song. He’s giving you a show, a performance full of feelings.
  • The high falsetto he goes to at 1:47. I’ve heard the song so many times, so this variation was unexpected and amazing. It’s one of my favorite things in music, the falsetto with a nice vibrato, and makes me think of Jack White, who does it well.
  • His choice on when to start playing his guitar. It’s strapped around him through the whole first verse and chorus, but he doesn’t play a single note until just before “…it’s such a shame our friendship had to end.” Puts a great emphasis on this part of the song, and sets it up as the most meaningful part of the lyrics.
  • Women playing guitars and keyboards, always one of my favorite parts of a band.
  • AT 2:41 and 3:44, nice to see a cameo of Nicole Kidman 🙂 (kidding, it’s not her but looks a lot like her!)

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  • Loving the long guitar solo, so amazing.
  • Prince kicking down the mic stand. YES! Why not, ya know?
  • Lionel Richie (in the intro) says Prince is music you can watch. Couldn’t agree more on this performance!

Hate list

  • The stage setup (yep, it’s on both lists). This might just be how the style was back in the 80s, but wow it’s boring.
  • At 4:10, really director? You’re going to cut away right as the guitar solo starts? Come on, man!

So yeah, I’ll admit I was so far away from being right with my prediction about this music awards performance being forgettable and boring. Oopsy.

-Out of the Wilderness

Volleyball Spotify playlist

Yesterday I posted a playlist designed for your softball games, but below is a list compiled for volleyball, either sand or indoor. While the softball playlist is mostly hip hop, rap, and a few rock songs (music to get you psyched up for homerun hitting, outfield catching, pitcher striking out batters, even in slow pitch), this volleyball list is designed to be chill and mostly relaxed. There is still rap, don’t get me wrong, but it’s about conjuring up good feelings, happiness, and it’s meant to be a compliment to the fun atmosphere that volleyball should be. Check it out and let me know if you have songs that should be on this list!

-Out of the Wilderness

Softball Spotify playlist

Are you in need of an awesome playlist for your sports team? Well, take a look at the playlist I put together for my adult co-ed softball team. The list is ever-changing, but I think this list is a homerun and will make you the unofficial DJ of your sports team. Check it out below or search for me on Spotify and find the most current playlist there.

For a list specifically designed for volleyball, check back tomorrow. This list is more about mostly chill music that’s perfect for background, good vibes.

-Out of the Wilderness

The dude in Taylor Swift’s “Lover” music video

Everyone in the world knows Taylor Swift‘s new album “Lover” is out. And along with it, a new video for the title track, “Lover.”


The views are rising at a rate of 4.8 million views a day. That’s 200k per hour. That’s over 3,000 views every minute. Craziness.

But after watching the video, you might be wondering, who’s this guy playing the part of Taylor’s lover?

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His name is Christian Owens. And no, it’s not this Christian Owens. There’s a good article here about his history with Taylor and other acts like Beyonce and Normani.

In the video, Taylor and Christian are playing board games, one which is a teaser for another song of hers called “Cruel Summer.” Some of the lyrics are here on this board game, and on a mural painted in NYC before the album was released.


Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

More about Melii’s “Slow For Me” music video

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m betting you’re interested in what’s going on with Melii, a singer/rapper/entertainer who’s becoming more popular in music world. You might want to know more about her music video for “Slow For Me.” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what I’ve uncovered. Feel free to chime in below if you have info to share!


The details…

The song was co-written by Melii (who’s real name is Audrey Grinell Ducasse), Michel Sotolongo, and a dude named Devvon Terrell.

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Another fun connection between Devvon Terrell and Melii is his video for “Temperature” back in 2017. Melii stars as the love interest. Check it out here.

The song and video feature Daystar Peterson, a Canadian singer/rapper more well-known as Tory Lanez. As far as relationships go, I can’t find anything that says the pair are romantically linked in any other way besides being on the same record label, Interscope Records. How romantic [insert heart eyes emoji]

The video for “Slow For Me” was shot in Cafe La Trova, a nightclub/restaurant in Miami, Florida. Here are side by side pics from the video and the restaurant website.

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music video

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image from nightclub website


Other fun stuff…

The video was directed by Edgar Esteves and has over 1.1 million views as of today, August 9. That means since it’s debut on July 31, it gets close to 130,000 views per day. That’s awesome!

Melli is from Harlem, New York, stands at 5’5″ and has a net worth of $300k.

Here’s a behind the scenes clip from Melli’s Facebook page that shows a short glimpse into the fun they had while shooting this video.


Social info…

Director Edgar Esteves’s reel and on Twitter @edgarestevess

Melii on Instagram @melii and on Twitter @Melii

Tory Lanez on Instagram @torylanez and Twitter @torylanez

Devvon Terrell on Instagram @devvonterrell and Twitter @DevvonTerrell

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Is Lauren Daigle dead? No– it’s just her new music video

My sister sent me a link to Lauren Daigle’s new music video for “Rescue” and I’m so glad she did. Thanks, Edin. I’ve loved the song for a long while now, ever since I created my own little lyric video for the track.

In Lauren’s official video, which is pretty much as good as mine 😉 she is performing her song in Heaven. As I watched, I thought, “Oh Lord, Lauren’s done gone up to glory to shoot this video. Look at the backdrops, all that’s missing are streets of gold. Didn’t get the permit, I guess.”

“Dear Lord, take care of our sister Lauren, she came up there to do a thing with her song and a video and the crew and the crafts service and send her back when you can. Amen.”

Wait, wait… Lauren’s supposed to be in a city near my this coming fall? But… but… how can she be down here if she’s up there? Huh, that WASN’T Heaven? Well, then where on God’s green earth are these stunning, and I mean, STUNNING, locations?

I’ve been to a handful of amazing places in my lifetime (like here and here… and that yummy Indian Restaurant on Nolensville Pike) and I’ve seen beautiful things, but as I watched this video, this is the first time I can ever remember actually becoming short of breath from what I was seeing. This is NOT the first time I’ve been short of breath this year, though, thanks again to the meal AND leftovers from that delicious Indian Restaurant on Nolensville Pike. Cascading snow-covered mountains, streams through snow landscapes, rocky almost lava-like ground that goes on for days. Words truly can’t do the video justice, so why am I even trying? 

But if you’re like me, you have questions. Mainly, where is this place in the video? 

Here’s what I dug up.

According to an article on People’s website, the video was filmed on Knik Glacier in Alaska. And I thought Tennessee was God’s country! Dang you, Alaska, you beautiful rascal.

The video was directed by John Gray, who you might recognize from other stuff he’s done. Right? I’m sure he’s done other stuff.

Ok, back to Alaska… this Knik Glacier is one we can enjoy too, it’s not just for the famous people. A group called Knik Glacier Tours will… well, they’ll take you and your son on a tour of the glacier. Not just your son, anyone you bring, really. And yes, I provided a link to their tour page but I’m not getting any kind of commission unless they happen to see this post and feel like Venmo’ing me some funds 🙂 @BenWilder615

PS. that Venmo thing goes for you too, delightful Indian Restaurant on Nolensville Pike. 🙂

You can also see lots of wildlife there at the glacier. Bears, wolverines, sheep, goats. But the goats can’t be as adorable as these.

Later folks,
Out of the Wilderness