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Clay’s Canucks Compositions: The Music of 2013

Superstars: Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao
Superstars: Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao

One of the ways I express my love for the Vancouver Canucks is by composing songs about the team.  It started back in 2010 when I put together my first Canucks Christmas Carol and over the past three years I’ve written 10 songs that have combined for over 92,000 hits on YouTube.

For 2013, I put together 4 songs:

  • Season of Cup (Our Team, Our Way) – January; 9,300 views on YouTube
  • Under John Tortorella – June; 46,500 views on YouTube
  • Against All Odds (Luongo’s Lament) – October; 4,500 views on YouTube
  • Last Christmas – December; 3,600 views on YouTube

 

A few quick facts:

-the four videos total 64,000 views on YouTube
-they’ve been featured on CTV, Global TV, the Huffington Post, Beat 94.5, Team 1040, Vancity Buzz, Canucks.com, and more
Marie Hui was gracious enough to appear in all 4 videos, while Arielle Tuliao was in 3 of them.  I know where my views are coming from – no one wants to see a middle-aged guy playing the piano.

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2013 Canucks Christmas Carol: Last Christmas

Marie, Clay, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T
Marie, Clay, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T

It’s that time of year again: time for our 4th annual Canucks Christmas Carol!

Our song this year is inspired by Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.  We lament the lockout of last Christmas and look at the most important elements of this year’s team:  Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedins, and head coach John Tortorella.

This year I’m joined by Marie Hui, Arielle Tuliao, Joseph San Jose, Pat Guevara, Pat Teodosio, and our favourite foreign exchange student Kevin who somehow always finds his way to my place to be in these videos.  In fact, both Joseph and Kevin have been in all 4 Canucks Christmas Carols!

Speaking of which, you can watch the previous 3 Canucks Christmas Carols here.

Thanks for watching and Merry Christmas!

Anatomy of a (Somewhat) Viral Video

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?

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Under John Tortorella (Parody of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”) with Marie Hui

My new Canucks song is a tribute to John Tortorella – the brand new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.  He brings with him passion, a wealth of experience, and a Stanley Cup win.

This song features the amazing Marie Hui and my son Sean doing some background vocals (along with camera work and holding up cue cards…haha).

I was happy that I got in Torts’ famous line from his first press conference in Vancouver: “If you’re a good loser, you’re a loser.”

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