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Toto’s “Africa” Sun Set Is a Timeless Encore

Weezer’s cover is great, but Namibian-German multimedia artist Max Siedentopf took it to an entirely new level.

More on him in a minute.

Toto’s 1982 smash hit “Africa” continues to reign supreme well into the second decade of the 21st century as a defining, shining example of ’80s music nostalgia. How can someone not like this song? It’s relaxing yet an undeniably powerful anthem for many things, depending on the listener/car or shower singer. One listen to the popular song and it’s easy to discern why we–and by “we” I mean the world–still love this song from back in the pre-Internet era.

So why should the song ever stop playing?

Here’s where the aforementioned multimedia artist Max Siedentopf comes into play.

You’ll see what I did there in another minute.

Max Siedentopf–a fellow “Africa” and Toto fan–visualized the ultimate tribute to this glorious song. In an undisclosed part of the Namib Desert, which is located in southern Africa (the continent, not the song), Mr. Siedentopf installed an art installation of sorts. Similar to the genius simplicity of Randy’s Donuts in Los Angeles, there are six normal looking desktop speakers placed on six white boxes. In the middle is a taller white box with a digital music player that is connected to all six speakers via wires (like the ’80s).

The genius part of multimedia artist Max Siedentopf–aside from the clever idea–is that it’s all powered by solar energy with extreme weather elements in place for technology in a relentlessly sunny desert. So that means, you’ve got that right, Toto’s “Africa” will supposedly play on repeat in this mysterious location in Africa FOREVER.

This is Toto’s “Africa” in 2019:

Max Siedentopf said that this spectacular tribute to Toto is located where “…only the most loyal of Toto fans can find.”

This is damn near brilliant. It’s creatively fitting (except for the Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and rain parts) with literal staying power for generations and hopefully lifetimes. The grand mystery as to where it’s located, serving as a veritable treasure hunt, mostly makes up for these ommissions.

If you think about it, this tribute to Toto’s “Africa” is a living time capsule. And if you think more about it, this mysteriously placed speaker system proves the power of music as the soundtrack to our lives and our surroundings sans introverted cocooning via technology.

Perhaps part of the purpose of this art installation is asking us to take off our headphones–or introverted nature–and engage with the world again in a more openly joyful, extroverted way like 1980s-something?

Hey, we’ve seen stranger things these days inspired by the 1980s.

P.S. 

This is Toto’s “Africa” music video from 1982. 

And this is Toto’s “Africa” performed by Weezer (with a special guest) in 2018. 

Are you tired of listening to Toto’s “Africa”? Of course not! Thank you for this all-time musical masterpiece, Toto. 

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Go…Slow

This is one of those blog posts in which a picture video says a thousand words.

And a few skipped heartbeats.

Watching a GoPro’s crystal-clear footage of Ocean Ramsey and a great white shark sailing off into the deep blue sea is the perfect visual for confronting one’s fear with courage and (necessarily careful) precision.

A gigantic, terrifying fear with jaws.

Tossing It Back for the Win

There’s “Toss Back Tuesday” and then there’s “Toss Back Tuesday.” 

It seems fitting to apply this specific type of throwback (I see you Thursday) by promoting an event that incorporates a literal toss back in its lexicon. And this is where college football’s “Granddaddy of them all” comes into play.

On this day last week, The Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten champions) played the Washington Huskies (Pac-12 champions) in the 2019 Rose Bowl. I was fortunate to attend this grand, picturesque sporting event with my dad to cheer on the Buckeyes.

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There is just something uniquely special about this game, the preceding parade and the beautiful and historic stadium set against the San Gabriel mountains. And that special quality extended to the game played on January 1, 2019.

The game was going great, then it was concerning…then finally awesome.

These are the three stages of an Urban Meyer-coached team.

Sorry, there’s a fourth stage: Championships.

Congratulations to The Ohio State Buckeyes on winning a thrilling Rose Bowl championship that puts an exclamation point on Urban Meyer’s storied coaching career.

P.S. When Ohio State lost to Florida 41-14 in the 2007 National Championship game, there was absolutely zero hesitation by members of the media to universally deem this defeat humiliating and embarrassing for the Buckeyes and the Big Ten by extension. 

Guess what Alabama and SEC fans?

The same applies to you after getting dominated by Clemson 44-16 in the 2019 National Championship game. Last night’s game will go down as a humiliating and embarrassing loss for the Tide and the SEC by extension. 

You always chant “SEC! SEC!” when you win. Well, for at least the next year, you just might hear chants like “44-16! 44-16!” 

Have fun with that, Alabama. We all know you’re such good sports down there in the SEC 44-16. 

Happy Monday!

Just click play.

Go ahead and click play again.

Chris Martin of Coldplay is a musical magician when it comes to writing lyrics that paint and transcend the very personal moment of ours that connects us with a particular song, sometimes without us even knowing it. That’s his gift. And it’s one that should be showcased in its various forms, including a simplistic rendition featuring a singer and his piano sans computer-generated influences.

Take heed of Chris Martin’s advice and ‘fly on’ into the workweek with a simplistic yet elevated sense of hope.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.