Move Over Griswolds: ‘Gangnam Style’ Christmas Light Show
Trans Siberian Orchestra is always a classic for Christmas light shows but, Austin Texasâ own, John Storms, a self proclaimed “Christmas lights enthusiast,” chose to set his 2012 creation to Psy’s mega-hit, “Gangnam Style.”
Everybodyâs got one of those neighbors. You know, the Griswolds. The folks across the street that take a week to put up all their lights, inflatables, and other miscellaneous decor, yeah, those guys. They go overboard more and more every year; yet somehow manage to add something else to their obnoxious collection.
This guy is special though. His imagination thought up an idea that came in just the right time, and now heâs reaching internet fame with 1.5 million YouTube views in a week, and the numberâs still climbing.
Gangnam Style was an overnight sensation worldwide, thanks in part to their ridiculous video, but even though none of us know what the hell heâs saying, the beat is really catchy, and something about the song just has staying power.
Thatâs not to say itâs not played out, because it definitely is; with over 100 different parody videos scattered across the net, from Romney Style to US Navy renditions, everybody and their dog has seen at least one, and the popularity doesnât seem to be waning any time soon-it recently became the single most watched video of all time on YouTube, an accomplishment thatâs nothing to scoff at.
John Storms, on the other hand, has a delightfully refreshing holiday take on the song that doesnât include any goofy dancing. Heâs tuned his Christmas lights (Notice I keep calling them Christmas lights, not holiday lights. Thatâs no coincidence!) to flash, blink, and fade to the rhythms of Psyâs âGangnam Styleâ, and it was tastefully done.
I actually live across the street from a family who my wife and I jokingly call âthe Griswoldsâ come Christmas time, and Mr. Storm is not really that guy. His lights arenât too much (like the ones above in the featured image, geez Louise thatâs A-LOT of crap!) and Iâm sure most folks would agree, especially those with neighbors like mine.
Mr. Storm has been featured on local News outlets in past years for his incredibly memorable lightshows, but this one takes the cake-the fruit cake, that is. He wrote, âNeedless to say we were very surprised and somewhat overwhelmed at the attention this video received. With over 1 million hits in a week the video appeared on CNN, FoxNews, GMA, Today, plus a host of local news outlets across the globe. The only thing left is for PSY himself to come dance with the lights.â on Listen to Our Lights.
Listen to Our Lights is a group of Christmas Light Enthusiasts in the Austin, Texas area that likes to do it big-real big. Thatâs how we do it in Texas for those of you who donât already know. Theyâve drummed up so much attention in recent years that now theyâre asking the people of the Austin area not to come see the shows, rather to just enjoy them as theyâre posted on their site.
Iâll be doing some research on how exactly this is done, and if I can find something worthy of sharing, itâll be posted soon.
Disclaimer for the lady across the street: Although I doubt you read my blogs, just in case you do, my jokes about your decorations were simply in the fun of creatively writing-your decorations are great and inspired my wife and I to step up our game this year. If my house gets egged, Iâll know it was your son.
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