Know what? The internet doesn’t suck. Despite the ads for weight loss and brand-name garbage that accost me every day, here’s so much out there that’s beautiful. New stuff, old stuff, all kinds of stuff. I share a lot with friends, but I haven’t done so in this blog. Why haven’t I? No good reason whatsoever, so here’s the first installment.

The theme is: video! Here are just a few of the the videos that make me fall in love with the web.

LaLaLa Human Steps- “Amelia”

  • If you think you’re too cool for ballet, this is the dance like you’ve never seen it before.

Mitchell Rose- “Islands in the Sky”

  • Dancing, daydreams, and heavy machinery!

ISME Opening Ceremony

  • My dad was at this conference in Beijing. Go ahead and skip to 2:00 in the video to get to the dancing. PS- all the dancers are Deaf students.

Playing for Change-“Stand By Me”

  • The original Playing for Change video, featuring street musicians from around the world.

Kutiman- “I’m New”

  • Unlike the Playing for Change piece in which musicians from afar collaborate on a musical performance, Kutiman takes bits of videos off of YouTube, mixes them, and creates new compositions from the pieces.

Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic- “Smooth Criminal”

  • Covered by a couple of insane cellists.

Extreme Trombone Quartet- “Toccata and Fugue”

  • “Never look at the trombones. You’ll only encourage them.” Richard Strauss

Jake Shimabukuro- “Bohemian Rhapsody”

  • Okay, so this one is audio only. I’ve never heard Queen sound so peaceful!

The Muppets- “Bohemian Rhapsody”

  • No discussion of Bohemian Rhapsody covers would be complete without this video.

Big Bird Learns About Breastfeeding

  • While we’re talking Muppets, there are all kinds of sweet Sesame Street moments online.

Taylor Mali- “What Teachers Make”

  • This has been one of my favorite poems for a long time. [A little bit of mild profanity here.]

Embrace Life

  • Most gorgeous seatbelt ad ever. Surprisingly, not an oxymoron!

Idiot With a Tripod

  • The beauty in a New York blizzard.

Of course there’s so much more. Got any favorite video beauties to share?