Bamboo Tiki Torch (Indie Music Video)

Photo © 2007 Tony Unruh CC BY-ND 2.0

I really needed a quick and easy post for today (because I had spent so much time and so many words getting carried away Monday). And I had no idea what I was going to write about. But you know what we always say: The Lord will provide.

And provide He did.

First of all, I want to state, for the record, that ever since George Orwell, the term “big brother” has gotten a bad rap. Big brothers are older, wiser, and in this case, more promiscuous. That is, they’re like pride-blinded parents, fawning over their little ones’ performance and gushing about how good it was, even though we all know that it sucked. But before you get the wrong idea, maybe I should explain…

I hadn’t heard from my little brother in quite some time, and I was wondering what he was up to. As time has passed, he and his Beloved have established their own routine and their own life, and I and my family have done the same, and that means we don’t really get to hang out anymore. We get to catch up only at family get-togethers— and on Facebook. So I flipped over to his Facebook page, to see what I had missed of his recent ongoings, and I discovered this delightfully entertaining YouTube video. Apparently, he and Mario and Dan and Chris all got together with two iPhones and a web-cam, and recorded this indie video of a song so silly and meaningless, it’s destined to be a hit.


  1. It’s simple.
  2. It’s catchy.
  3. It doesn’t mean a damn thing, so it won’t piss anyone off.
  4. It conjures up images of fun and relaxation.
  5. Who could want for anything more?!

Pop hit material, I’m tellin’ ya. And this unplugged performance, in my little brother’s living room, is just “real” enough to sweep the Internet like a giant, digital vacuum cleaner.

On a tree-lined avenue,
With nothing left to do,
We’ll lay back on the porch
Under a bamboo tiki torch.

Aah… A bamboo tiki torch…