I’d pay good money to watch Ken Burns watch this hilarious YouTube video: “Facebook Statuses About the Boston Snowstorm With Sad Civil War Fiddle Music.” (Some NSFW language.)
Thanks, Safety Whale Comedy Collective; we needed that.
One of the voices on the video, actor and filmmaker Harry Aspinwall, tells me the back story via email: “My friend Luke Palmer made it after I wrote the final quote, about eating dogs and so on, as a Facebook status. He commented by posting Ashokan Farewell (the fiddle piece, which has been used in Ken Burns' stuff about the Civil War) and it sort of went from there. He got me to record the male voices.”
And here are a few of the comments posted on YouTube:
“It would have been even better with Mass. accents!”
I disagree. The voices were pitch-perfect.
“Shelby Foote: ‘Let us cross ovah the snow banks, and rest undah the awning of the Dunkin' Donuts. ... and then die.’ "
Yes, Foote would have been a great addition.
“Those were some troubled times.”
These are troubled times. Best we can do is laugh. -- Paul McNamara, Feb. 27
(UPDATE: The video has been booted off YouTube over a copyright beef.)