Bruno Mars is Awesome

I happen to be a big fan of the very talented Bruno Mars. I think he's a breath of fresh air in a lot of the copy-cat sounds that have taken over these days.  Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Bruno's music, after watching this, you'll be a big fan of him as a wonderful human being.  So often we see celebrities setting disgusting examples for our kids.  Good on you Peter Hernandez 

At his Cleveland, Ohio concert Saturday night, Bruno Mars serenaded a young girl named Zumyah Thorpe. She suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident that killed her pregnant mother and 2 of her sisters in 2013. His music was a tremendous inspiration during her rehabilitation. It was an incredibly touching moment.

First Kiss

I came across a very interesting video this morning,  thanks to my buddy Amanda Stewart, aptly titled "First Kiss".  In two short days, it has already racked up 38,811,576 views on YouTube. The 3.5 minute video by Tatia Pilieva features 20 complete strangers kissing for the very first time.  What happens next is one part beautiful, one part awkward and one part expected.  Tell me what you think of this video. 

I couldn't help but feel a sense of anxiety as if I was one of these people.  Once they started kissing, it turned into somewhat of a short-film love story.  For all accounts, it was, kinda "beautiful".  Then came the spoiler... After doing a little more investigatory digging, this video was shot FOR clothing company WREN.  (Kudo's for a brilliant viral job well done)  And even though these "people" were, in fact, strangers, they were FAR from normal people they grabbed off the street. Most of these strangers are professional performers. The cast of characters include models Natalia Bonifacci, Ingrid Schram, and Langley Fox (daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway and sister of model Dree); musicians Z Berg of The Like, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Justin Kennedy of Army Navy, singer Nicole Simone, and singer-actress Soko (who also performed the melancholy indie music that accompanies the short); and actors Karim Saleh, Matthew Carey, Jill Larson, Corby Griesenbeck, Elisabetta Tedla, Luke Cook, and Marianna Palka.

Amanda Hess from SLATE said it best, "Is it really unexpectedly touching that when gorgeous and charismatic Italian models, French actors, indie band leaders, and Hollywood royalty get together to kiss one another—under a soundtrack that prompts, “If you’re not ready for love, how can you be ready for life?”—the results are “beautiful”? (The rest of her story about the film is great and worth a visit.)