I hadn't heard of Matt Harding or his viral internet video of dancing goofily around the world, until this New York Times piece yesterday, so I'm the five or ten millionth or so person to come across it thus far. As the piece explains:
"“Dancing” shows a guy dancing: a big, doughy-looking fellow in shorts and hiking boots performing an arm-swinging, knee-pumping step that could charitably be called goofy. It’s the kind of semi-ironic dance that boys do by themselves at junior high mixers when they’re too embarrassed to partner with actual girls.
The dancer is Matt Harding, the 31-year-old creator of the video, and with some New Agey-sounding music playing in the background, he turns up, grinning and bouncing, in 69 different locations, including India, Kuwait, Bhutan, Tonga, Timbuktu and the Nellis Airspace in Nevada, where he performs the dance in zero gravity...
"...The music (by Gary Schyman, a friend of Mr. Harding’s, and set to a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, sung in Bengali by Palbasha Siddique, a 17-year-old native of Bangladesh now living in Minneapolis) is both catchy and haunting."
It apparently took him 14 months with travels to 42 countries to make, and the NYTimes has this part right about it:
"However you interpret it, you can’t watch “Dancing” for very long without feeling a little happier."
For that reason alone, it's worth watching it for even a fraction of it's 4 minutes and a half minutes. For me it really picks up around he 50 second mark, where people start to join him in his crazy dance.
It's kind of a real-life version of that Cisco "Human Network" commercial from a while ago.
Dance, and the world will dance with you, it says. Someone has just got to go out and do it first.