My (Minor) YouTube Moment

Two days back from vacation and it’s been hard to get back into the blogging swing of things. So I’ll tread water a bit by passing along the tiny, surreal bit of YouTube celebrity to which my friend Sam just drew my attention.

It features Matt Richards, senior pastor of Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church in Sidney, Montana, singing along to “The Reformation Polka,” a version of Martin Luther’s life set to music (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins) by another Lutheran pastor named Robert Gebel. Here’s the connection to me — the music video that he sings with (and that you can see on his computer in the background) is this:

Yes, that’s my voice singing the melody (and accompanying itself on the choruses). Sam and I did this about five years ago for the Western Civ/church history course we both teach, and it went semi-viral sometime in 2008. It’s been watched over 140,000 times on YouTube, though surely by many more people than that, since we periodically hear from students and instructors in Confirmation or AP history courses that have used the video.

But this is a first. 🙂

Given some of what I read on his blog, I’m not sure Matt would be thrilled to learn that a couple of self-proclaimed Pietists produced this video, but we certainly appreciate the honor.


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