Steven (unzeugmatic) wrote,

Mayday Minneapolis Sunrise Video!

I've just been forwarded a YouTube link, to a video of Mayday sunrise in Minneapolis. This is an amazing capture of the morning. You can see how many Morris teams there are in the Twin Cities, and how many people woke up in time to get to the river before 6 am.

The odd thing here is how much I'm in this, since I had no awareness of being filmed. The video opens with a few seconds (seconds 13 to 15) of my team dancing in the background -- doing rounds just at a point when I'm in camera range. There is a lot of footage of me playing the bass drum for the massed dances. One of the teams did a dance to the singing accompaniment of "Rolling Down to Old Maui", led mostly by Tim Ward but they asked me to add my voice to chorus -- and that's what's on this video, my funny voice in the chorus (funny, but you can hear it above all the other singers). Towards the end of the video, when the crowd sings "Haul and Toe", you can see Bob Walser walking over to me in the background, and then at about the 7 minute mark in the video, when that song is over, he leads a Mayday song written by his friend Dave Webber -- and that's me coming in on the second line of each verse (normally I'd let the leader lead the verses solo, but Bob has asked me to do this on Mayday in the past). But it's still Bob's song and he leads it beautifully. (That thing around my neck is the bass drum harness).

The final image of the video is me walking away, bass drum in hand.

This is Mayday morning in Minneapolis. This is my Mayday morning in Minneapolis. I think you'll get a kick out of this.

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