Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"A Comic Book Tattoo"




We are proud to debut the PS22 Chorus' phenomenal version of "Flying Dutchman" by Tori Amos! The kids really outdid themselves on this incredibly beautiful AND incredibly difficult song.




**UPDATE** Within hours of the song being posted, Perez Hilton found the video and posted it on his celebrity blog!! Congratulations chorus!!! :)

**UPDATE 2** The video has gone viral thanks to Perez Hilton, who posted the video on his hugely visited blog, calling the PS22 Chorus version of Flying Dutchman "a beautiful, beautiful rendition." Already the kids version of Flying Dutchman is, appropriately enough, the #22 most watched music video on YouTube today! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!! Click on the pics below to read all of the honors and see a screen cap of the PS22 Chorus on Perez's blog.

**UPDATE 3** I reposted the latest honors! As of now, we are the 10th most watched music video on YouTube today! Wow!








Here is a short but sweet version by AMAZING former chorus member Deon:



And finally, here is the beautiful original version by Tori Amos, absolutely one of my favorite songs of all-time:

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw your video on Perezhilton.com and I just wanted to let you know that it absolutely made my day. I'm a huge Tori fan and your rendition brought tears to my eyes.

Keep it up! Ya'll are fabulous!

Mr. B said...

Thanks! And yeah, they really are!! Thanks for the comment!

:)

Amy Vaughn said...

This is amazing and you are an amazing teacher! It was unbelievable to see how passionate this children are about singing! *saw them on Perezhilton* Keep up the great work!!

Amy
San Diego, CA

Mr. B said...

thanks amy! the kids are amazing! gives me great pride to see them recognized by perez, or anybody!

Angel said...

I also saw the video on Perez.

To all you chorus members: Rock on. You are truly talented. Don't waste it.

To Mr. B: Thanks for being the kind of teacher that kids need these days.

Great work and best of luck to you all.

Mr. B said...

really appreciate the comment, angel.... :)

miss rachel michele said...

I saw the amazing video on perezhilton.com. Absolutely amazing those kids are. you are a great teacher for helping them bring out their talents and showing the world. i loved all the other videos on youtube.com. Loved it.

Mr. B said...

proud and humble thanks, miss rachel!

:)

Anonymous said...

OMG i cant believe our video was on perezHilton.com!! i used to watch his show all the time. hes awesome! ( and so r we!!!)
Ashley530
(:

Mr. B said...

yeah, pretty amazing!!! congrats ashley!!

Rantz said...

The Dutchman thanks you and your talented kids. I am not crying, I am not crying...

*sniffles*

Mr. B said...

then no kleenex for you! :) thanks rantz!

Ms. Petrello said...

I'm a teacher in Atlanta and can't wait to show my students this video! This is one of my favorite songs and your students rocked it!
Thanks for uploading it to Youtube so we all can benefit from it :)

Mr. B said...

Thanks Ms. P! Happy to share it! That's what it's all about! Hope your kids enjoy the performance! :)

natalie said...

love the song but why me in the picture i love it anyway!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. B said...

well nat, just imagine how poor amber feels.... :) i'm expecting her to beat me up on monday.....

MY-MOUNA said...

MR.B WHEN WILL U PIK UP D 4TH CHORUS WEA ARE ALL YAPPIN' ABOUT ABOUT HOW IT'S NOT FAIR YOU DON'T PICK US UP AND HOW WE WEREN'T INVOLED WITH ANY CHORUSICAL ACTIVATIES SO IF YOU WOULD PICK US UP ONCE IN A WHILE IT WOULD BE GREAT, BY THE WAY ...I WISH I WAS AN OSCAR MIER WIENER AND MY BLONY[I KNOW I SPLELT IT WRONG IT HAS G SMEWHERE] HAS A FIRST NAME IT'S G-R-E-G-G LOVE,MY-MOUNA

Mr. B said...

maimouna, you're strange... but adorable! :) thanks for the laugh!

MY-MOUNA said...

NOT FUNNY [THE OSCAR MIER PART WAS] BUT SERIESLY YOU NEED TO PICK UP THE CHORUS IT'S REALLY NOT FAIR AND I'M NOT BLUFFING DON'T LOSE YA LIFE OVER NOTHIN' SCOUCLIN' IN THE STREET IS NO WAY TO DIE I DON'T WANNA HAVE TO YA MAMAS I SO TRY TO LISTEN HARD BEFORE THE TRAP OF MAKIN' WAR OVER.... NOT PICKING UP YOUR 4TH GRADE CHORUS?

Mr. B said...

hmmm. point taken. :)

Anonymous said...

I AM NOT STRANGE

Mr. B said...

strange isn't always a bad thing....

Anonymous said...

YAH I'M STRANGE IN A GOOD WAY

Anonymous said...

Amazing!!!! There should be more teachers in the world like you! The choir is amazing and you and the students should be so proud. Geez, now I'm crying too! :)

Felic
NYC

Mr. B said...

thanks felic! nice to hear the good word from NYC! :)

jl_walton said...

To say the PS22 chorus is amazing feels like I am selling them short. Their voices are just surreal and angelic while the emotion is so pure.

I hope your students realize the moments with this chorus will stay with them forever. My days of singing in a chorus (from elementary through high school) are long gone but the memories remain.

You are such a great influence on them and I pray all of you will continue doing great things!

Mr. B said...

thanks jl for that awesome message! i hope my students are all reading..... :)

lindsay said...

this is all so ridiculously inspiring and amazing. i mean, i LITERALLY spent all day watching all of the videos you guys have up. the music gives me chills, and your interactions with the kids (in the videos and in what you write to them in the comments and posts) are so beautiful and moving and important. i am trying to find a new direction in my life that means more to me than what currently do, and you are a total inspiration for finding that. how did you find this 'job'?

Mr. B said...

hehe! i love the whole "job" in quotes thing. :) that says it all.

Barbara said...

I'm here via Undented. Huge fan of Tori and I think what you are doing with the chorus is awesome and amazing. :) What a great opportunity for these kids to have you as a teacher. :)

Mr. B said...

I'm pretty lucky to have them for students too Barbara. And thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

I cried when I watched your video on perezhilton, then I spent another 2 hours watching all of your videos on youtube. It is so inspiring to see how much passion you guys have. I am definately a new fan, and I can't wait to show my 8 yr. old your videos as well. Keep it up. You guy are AWESOME, and I'm going to share your videos with everyone I know.

God Bless,
Jenna
Houston, Tx.

Mr. B said...

Thanks for the support and the kind words, Jenna. Hope your 8 year old likes us too! :)

Tara said...

Flying Dutchman - What an inspiration!!!! Your kids are amazing!!!

kaycee said...

Y'all bring a tear to my eye with every new song. You and your Voices with Feet are Fabulous. I would endure fifth grade again if I could just be in your chorus (and that is saying a lot).

Mr. B said...

High praise!! We'll leave a spot for you in the alto section....

:)

Jenn said...

This video brings joy to my heart. As a huge Tori fan and a participant in public school music programs, I am so moved by what you do. You and your students are great!

Mr. B said...

thanks jenn! so happy to hear from you. :)

Southorn Godfrey said...

I must say what you are doing, all of you, is superb and moving and makes me so happy that music is a part of our lives. Just the sight of you wonderful children singing your hearts out makes me so happy to be alive and watching you makes me so happy. Keep going with your talents and Mr. B you have some true talent yourself. Thank you for filming this and keep them coming. I think I have listened to the flying dutchman song about 600 times today!

You all rock my world!!!!

Mr. B said...

thanks southorn! so happy to hear that you're enjoying, and we'll definitely keep 'em coming for ya! :)

Anonymous said...

mr b nice image at the top of the flyimg duthmen song. I laughed when I accually saw a pirate ship. and some of our chorus members dress in pirate clothes.I am practicing alot. when I went on you tube " over 96,000 people saw our video flying duthmen I was so shocked. we really sounded great. Amber is so going to kill you on monday.! can't wait to see this!!

Mr. B said...

yeah, i think it's official! you guys have definitely hit the big time!! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! And when I say wow I mean WOW!!!!!!!I just love our chorus! I dont know what we would do without you SPITTER B *heheh* Bianca

Mr. B said...

great to see you on the site bianca! and yeah, wow indeed! look what you've accomplished!! i'm so proud of you guys! i guess you and your family got my message about monday & tuesday being cancelled. wednesday is a definite go though.

:)

g-e-m2001 said...

IT made me almost cry to see the power of music on children and other people.

Do you have a foundation or nonprofit? Where should people go if they want to support the Arts in School movement?

Mr. B said...

what a kind offer g-e-m. a fund was established in our chorus's name by a very special family. people have made donations to our arts program through the fund. if you would like more info, you can e-mail me. otherwise there's always VH1's Save The Music program. thanks for your message! :)

aminah said...

woooooooooooooow that was awsome she put her heart in this one i was about to fall out and cri



love

Aminah

Mr. B said...

if you mean tori's version, i completely agree, aminah! thanks for the comment! but your chorus's version is pretty amazing too!! congrats on that!

:)

Pierced Fairy said...

WoW kids, that was amazing and beautiful!

keep singing!

Mr. B said...

on their and my behalf, i thank you PF

D.Fetter said...

Wow! These kids are absolutely amazing! Thank you for all that you do. Thank you to the kids! They are incredible. I love Tori's songwriting and her beautiful,haunting,dreamlike voice. Hearing the kids sing her songs,any song for that matter,brings tremendous joy. When a song,voice,lyric,sound...fills you with so much emotion that it brings a tear to your eye and warms your heart, that is music's purpose. to make you remember,to think, to love, cry,even anger you. when you are stirred emotionally by music...its an incredible feeling that is very personal. and these feelings are brought forth by strangers for the most part. that is incredible! I love these kids and I love you for all you do for them. Thankyou

Mr. B said...

i agree on all counts! thanks D.! :)