Sunday, July 12, 2009

YouTube Hit

a Biblical thought...
In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. (Isaiah 28:5-6)

a Book thought...
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet. (Theodore M. Hesburgh)

a Dave thought... from The Age
Canadian musician Dave Carroll could have sung the blues after United Airlines workers at O'Hare Airport smashed his guitar and the airline refused to pick up the $US1200 ($A1540) cost to repair it.
Instead, he turned the experience into a witty ditty, United Breaks Guitars, and scored an instant hit on YouTube, gaining his first international exposure in a 16-year career.
Posted on Monday, the video had been viewed almost 800,00 times as of today.
Carroll and Sons of Maxwell, his band, were changing planes at O'Hare on March 31, 2008, when they heard another passenger exclaim, "My God, they're throwing guitars out there," Carroll said on his website. He didn't return phone calls.
They glanced out the window in time to see a ground worker heave a bass guitar, which survived intact. But Carroll discovered when he arrived in Omaha late that evening that the base of his $US3500 ($A4492) Taylor guitar had been smashed.
Over the next nine months, Carroll spent hours on the phone with United baggage agents in Chicago, New York and India. Complicating matters: he didn't file a claim for the guitar within 24 hours, as United requires.
After a lengthy email exchange, United rejected his final offer to settle the costs with $US1200 ($A1540) in flight vouchers, Carroll said. In response, he told the carrier he would write three songs about United. The first two of which have now been composed.
"I've been done being 'being angry' for quite some time and, if anything, I should thank United," he added. "They've given me a creative outlet that has brought people together from around the world."

Just a thought.

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