Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Ray Project


I've been out of the loop on this, but yesterday's edition of The Show with Ze Frank (embedded below) brought a smile to my face.

The short version of the story goes like this:

A guy named Ray wrote a song for his daughter Ramona, who was having a hard time at work. The song found its way onto the 'net, where it made its rounds. Ze picked it up and invited his viewers (better known as Sports Racers) to create remixes of the song. They came in in droves. Of the nearly one hundred remixes submitted, the most popular were compiled onto a CD which Ze inteded to deliver to Ray. The project inspired a music video as well, which was apparently recently completed.

Having no full name or address, Ze tasked his Sports Racers to find the mystery singer and songwriter. They did. In two days.

The video below is an interview with Ray, a minister in St. Louis, Missouri, with the product of their hard work. If the embedded video doesn't work for you, follow the link at the bottom of this post for the Quicktime version.

I find it fascinating that so many people made an effort to chase this down, and the cherry on top is that they found someone particularly special behind what was superficially a short-lived Internet phenomenon. Here's an excerpt from Ray's letter to Ze Frank:
I was informed that you have been trying to contact me. A friend told me to go to google.com and type in "whip somebody's ass." Well, I did and what I saw completely blew my hair back (and I am bald).

I am absolutely lost for words... All of these mixes of a simple tune that I intended for my daughter is amazing. When I said that I was going to put it on the Internet, I had no idea that it was going to spread like this. I only emailed it to 2 people!!! This is deep!!!
Follow the link below for the text of the Ray's entire letter.

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