I watched with great joy and amazement as I watched the live feed online of Pope Francis arriving in Brazil and making his way through the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day. The trek was equal parts exciting and harrowing as mobs of people took turns rushing the small car he was being transported in. While most people were content to take pictures, there were many who tried to do more whether it was touch Pope Francis, hi-five Pope Francis, or grab Pope Francis.
Whether it was a lack of planning or attention to detail, I was surprised at how easily people were able to approach the car. In particular, I was fascinated by the men providing security detail. They took turns thwarting and blocking people from the car, all while running alongside the vehicle.
When my good friend Marie Hui and I got together to record our latest Canucks collaboration last Thursday night, little did we know that the video would go somewhat viral. I say “somewhat” because it’s not like we’re pushing 1,000,000 views or even 100,000 views. But with over 20,000 views in its first two days (it’s at 27,000 views as I write this), it has certainly been a pleasant surprise and it’s well on its way to being my most-viewed video on YouTube (only the Ultimate Canucks Haiku stands in its way…haha).
So how does a goofy song about the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks become so popular?