Can't Help But Smile

Sunday, June 12, 2011

This viral video is a continuous shot of the streets of Grand Rapids Michigan, filled with a variety of residents who take turns lip syching to a great live recording of Don McLean's immortal classic American Pie.

Even if you don't happen to know every. single. word. of this spectacular song by heart...

Even if you don't happen to be an Illinois alum from the pre-1994 era who reflexively inserts "at O'Malley's!" at the end of every chorus...

Even if you don't happen to be a Marching Illini Fossil who's stood in the middle of a bar clutching your squad mates while screaming 'the marching band refused to yield' bit into cheap beers...

Even if singing and dancing the aforementioned O'Malley's version with your fellow alumns wasn't the high point of your wedding reception...

This video full of ordinary folks having a good time can't help but make you smile.  (Thanks to for turning me onto it.)


  1. This is one of those moments when I really wish my computer had sound. :(

  2. I didn't know you were an Illini alum. Now I know why I like this blog so much. :)