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On the way to more serious content, I ran across three very different but equally, quietly, joyful YouTube videos. Enjoy three great slices of Americana:
- A woman making cheeseburger pie, with camera work by her husband of many years.
- A woman and her heavy Chevy.
- The ice cream man and the truly diverse community he serves.
The cooking video is one of a series, shot in a couple’s kitchen. To be completely accurate, it is clearly the woman’s kitchen, and her husband is there in support and in appreciation of her cooking. How could you not like Mae Mae’s Happy Table? You will surely gain five pounds just watching, but the video is worth the weight.
The video of a woman and her car is professionally shot by a local media outlet. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and camera team stay out of the way, keeping the focus on this woman who bought her 1957 Chevy at the end of the model year and has driven it ever since. Grace Braeger likes her car, takes great care and pride in ownership, and so has never seen the need to buy another make or model. Your mileage may vary, but I quite enjoyed this glimpse into someone’s life.
Finally, as the weather turns warm, the New York Times is to be commended for making and publishing a video against their political interest. Enjoy this long-term true small businessman, and his decades of serving soft-serve cones in various flavors, with all sorts of mouthwatering decorative toppings. Watch the simple joy Godfrey Robinson brings to young and older alike. It is almost heartbreaking, but hopeful, to hear a woman say it is such a relief to hear the ice cream truck music instead of sirens.
Many years back, Edith Shaeffer, wife of Francis Schaeffer, wrote Hidden Art, in defense of creating beauty in the everyday, and against claims of Art as something requiring special expertise to create and to properly appreciate. Mae Mae and her husband are sharing hidden art. The interaction between Grace Braeger and the moving sculpture of a 1957 Chevy is better performance art than most of what gets funded by various arts councils, from local to national. The visual and sound artistry by the Times team tells the story true, without getting in the way of the double scoop of edible beauty served up by Godfrey Robinson. Your mileage may vary, but these three tasty videos surely hit the spot.Published in