On the list of instruments that you would associate with amazing rock music, the guzheng probably doesn’t come to mind. In fact, many of you may not even know what the guzheng is.
The guzheng is an ancient Chinese instrument with 18 or more strings and movable bridges and is arguably the most played instrument in China. It is related to the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh.
Vancouver musician Michelle Kwan decided to show us just how versatile and just how amazing this instrument truly is. Kwan decided to cover one of the most unlikely songs for the regal instrument: the Guns N’ Roses’ hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
Although this doesn’t sound like the greatest of combinations, Kwan proves us all wrong by delivering one of the most epic Guns N’ Roses covers we’ve seen yet. Check it out for yourself:
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the song, be sure to check out the original so you can fully appreciate how amazing Kwan’s cover is.
Youtube star David Choi has joined forces with the AT&T “It Can Wait” campaign.
It is reported that 75% of teens believe texting while driving is normal among their friends. As expected, texting has quickly risen to be one of the major causes of car accidents and deaths. Because of this, the “It Can Wait” campaign aims to educate people, especially teens, on the dangers of texting and driving. Simply put– its not worth risking your life for a text. It can wait. The official website tells us more about their initiative:
Each pledge made to never text while driving is a symbol of commitment to be part of a movement that helps everyone make safe choices with their wireless devices on the road. Teens on average, text five times more a day than a typical adult. That’s a lot of texting! And drivers that text while driving are much more likely to be in a crash*. So we are partnering with teens to get the word out about the serious effect texting and driving could have on their friends, their loved ones and their future.
“Chill Tonight” is David Choi’s new song and music video dedicated to the campaign. The lyrics remind us that couples can be sweet and understanding without texting one another while driving.
Choi was also able to include other stars such as Big Phony, Kero One, Arden Cho to participate in this video by taking the pledge themselves. Check it out for yourself below:
And what could possibly be cuter than David Choi writing a song for a good cause? That would be his excitement to spread the word about it.
With over 4 million YouTube subscribers, Michelle Phan has become one of the most known YouTube makeup artists to date. For years, she has taught us all about contouring, the perfect way to put on liquid eyeliner, and even how to take selfies.
Aside from being one of our personal favorites, the 26-year-old makeup artist has already packed in a number of achievements under her belt.
In conjunction with L’oreal, Phan recently released her own makeup line called EM Michelle Phan. After purchase, customers of EM Michelle Phan products are encouraged to upload videos of their own “looks” and share them with one another.
In 2012, Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN (For All Women Network) – a women’s lifestyle network in which guest hosts produce videos about makeup, cooking, fitness, fashion and careers.
But Phan’s fanbase certainly extends beyond women and the following men have decided to show that off to the world. Three brave souls decided to take on one of Michelle Phan’s makeup tutorials with no previous makeup experience.
The results? The boys were left with black eyes, smeared makeup, and a new-found appreciation for girls who have mastered the art of makeup. Check it out for yourself:
Months ago, a video of a pair of young and talented musicians went viral. The only problem? No one could identify them. For a while, different YouTube sources were placing various labels on the mysterious duo. One source titled the video “Asian kid,” while others took a stab at guessing their race. Finally, it was confirmed that the pair are from the Philippines, but all other information about them remained a mystery.
That’s when Ellen Degeneres set her sights on finding the talented boys and sent out a public invitation.
Months later, the teenagers were identified as Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong. The two musicians accepted Ellen’s invitation and found themselves in Burbank, Calif., to perform in front of an excited audience.
During the interview, it was revealed that Talonding’s father passed away in June due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Because of this, their cover of Luther Vandross’ song, “Dance with My Father,” became even more meaningful.
The boys talked about handling YouTube stardom and girls, and even went home with a handful of goodies (a guitar and a piano!) and a check for $10,000. Watch their breathtaking performance below:
When you leave the house for the day there are probably three things you always need to take with you, your wallet, keys, and of course phone. Taking your phone everywhere with you has become so normal, but has it also become a problem? Take a look around you while you’re walking around or lounging somewhere, you’ll most likely see people always on their phones. Smart phones have definitely come a long way and popular social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more can easily be connected to your smart phone.
In the short film I Forgot My Phone, director and actress Charlene deGuzman is seen doing activities such as laying in bed with her significant other, hiking, and attending a birthday celebration, but all moments are disrupted by the use of a phone. When explaining the concept of this short film, deGuzman writes on her tumblr that she has come to realize that everyone, including her, is always on their phones and it “makes me sad, I’m constantly working on living in the moment, enjoying and taking it all in (without Instagramming them – GASP!) but I know it takes a little practice.
The accuracy of her short film is kind of surreal and depressing. When I first watched it I definitely could relate to some of the scenarios and remember having the same facial expressions. Although I’ve gone through some of them, I do admit that I’ve been on the other side, the person that is on their phone checking Instagram or not engaging in a conversation. Now it just takes practice. It’s time to not check your phone 24/7 and enjoy life moment by moment.
Do you have any other scenarios where phones have disrupted your moments? Let us know in a comment below!
If you’re in the mood to have your heart melt, then we have just the thing for you. Australian highschool student, Kim Ho, stars in his beautifully written short, “The Language of Love”.
The short follows a highschool student, Charlie, who is unable to focus on his French exam when the assignment asks him to write a letter to his best friend.
He pulls the audience into his own world and eventually reveals his inner-struggle. He is in love with his best friend- who happens to be a boy. We are allowed into his very personal emotions of passionate confession, confusion, and fear.
“Its not because he’s a boy,” Charlie explains, “He just happens to be one and I can’t figure out if that makes it wrong”
Charlie pulls us deeper and deeper into his personal feelings and ultimately reaches a realization.
“You always hear people say it’s weird and just not normal, but isn’t that the point of love?” he asks. “To transcend normalness and become something special?”
Needless to say, this short film is beautiful, inspiring, and heartwarming. Watch it for yourself below:
Some people spend years of their life learning how to dance impressively. Karen Cheng? 365 days.
The San Francisco-based designer taught herself how to dance in one year and decided to record her journey in a time-lapse video. Using an app called Lift, Cheng kept herself accountable and truly proves that a lot can be achieved in a year if you set your mind to it. On her website, Karen writes:
“People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago.
Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.
This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you’re a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You’re an athlete but you just haven’t left the chair yet.
When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.”
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