Like a modern day Mitch Miller, the chorale leader of the 1960’s TV show Sing Along with Mitch, Michigan music video producer Rob Bliss has folks joining in on a jaunty tune about great times in the Great Lakes State.
Bliss and Jeff Barrett, famous for producing the world’s largest lip dub in 2011 (set to “American Pie” and taped in Grand Rapids), just released a new Pure Michigan Statewide Singalong video they and a small crew created in a whirlwind, one-week, 50-location tour of both peninsulas.
While the goateed musician Miller stood with his male chorale and sang pop tunes as the lyrics scrolled (and a bouncing ball often kept the beat) at the bottom of the TV screen, the new video features real folks jumping up and down while warbling Michigan-centric words to the tune “Good Time” by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen.
Scenes in the video, which runs just over 3-1/2 minutes, include familiar sights like Greenfield Village, the state Capitol and Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island.
There are grape-stompers in Traverse City, firefighters in Newberry, two guys in a hot tub in Kalamazoo and a variety of boats in waters from the Detroit River to Pictured Rocks.
For some reason the sight of more than a dozen golf carts heading across a Gaylord course toward the camera, struck me as funny.
Maybe the golfers were looking for the bouncing ball, too.