I remember those nightmare evenings when your little one doesn’t want to sleep – you try anything to help them go to sleep.
5-month old Sam had an ear infection and was struggling to fall asleep. So his father, David Motola, turned on his electric piano and began playing
Johannes Brahm’s classic lullaby. It was very effective. Within a few seconds, Sam yawned broadly, then faded into sleep.
What makes this performance even more impressive is that Motola didn’t have any sheet music. He was playing by ear and arranging the piece on the go.
Aerial photographer Tim Whittaker compiled
this footage of sheep in the Hawke’s Bay region of the North Island. The herd moves like an enormous, shape-shifting organism – it’s fascinating to watch the mass of the sheep squeeze through gates and settle into new forms.
25 has been breaking records ever since it was released in November, but what do children think about the British songstress?
Luckily the YouTube channel
Fine Brothers have the answers. They gathered a group of children and played them “Hello” and 21 favourite “Rolling in the Deep.”
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The seven minute video is full of amusing impressions and comments, with some saying she is perfect while others say they prefer hip hop. One just asks: “What does this all represent?”
As fashions change, so do cars. We’ve only had them around in mass quantities for about 100 years, so Mode did another in their
100 Years series featuring cars – expensive cars that is!
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This is one of my favourite versions of Silent Night, incredibly musical and yet beautifully simple like the original piece of music:
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1 Girl Nation have created an a cappella Christmas mash up. One of the benefits of a great mash up is it makes you listen and focus harder on the music and lyrics:
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Miriam Swaffield wrote these spoken word videos about the shepherds, the wise men and baby Jesus. They are brilliant, we’ve used them with our 11-14 year olds who’ve loved them.
Fusion have recorded them and made them available for FREE download
here – you might want to use them in your services or youth events you’ve got planned.
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This time we’ve got another version of ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’ with a record breaking number of angels (or rather people dressed as angels!) and a live nativity (they claim none are digitally added or copied. A pretty amazing feat!) , alongside
The Piano Guys who have a great set of Christmas albums:
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What does Christmas without Jesus look like?
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Today in our consumeristic society we replace Jesus with a handbag, a smartphone, food, and so much more. This is a great video that would work well at a carol service.
Bible Society produced this video of sand artist Gert van der Vijver retelling the story of the Nativity in sand. This is a great thing to watch in an all-age service:
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This video, ‘The Scale’ is narrated by Morgan Freeman. ‘The Scale’ leaves you wondering all the way through what he is talking about. Only at the end to you get it, and yes it is very clever. But more than that it is challenging and thought provoking too:
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I’m a bit late with this one, but just seen
Advent in 2 minutes – a fabulous video from Busted Halo – a great way to introduce all ages to the season of Advent.
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