Saturday, June 3, 2017

Ambrosia - Holding on to yesterday


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There are a lot of songs about missing an ex, but this one has some very heartfelt lyrics. "Holdin' On To Yesterday" was Ambrosia's first major hit. Released in 1975 on their self titled album "Ambrosia"; "Holdin' On To Yesterday" peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
To be honest, I thought this would be a very easy song to build a video around, I was wrong. This turned out to be a very difficult video to create. Out of all the stock footage I have on hand and hours of searching for "ANYTHING" that would work for this song, I resorted to viewing short films, (which indecently is VERY time consuming). I finally found a film that really had nothing to do with this song at all, but with a little imagination and some editing, I thought some of the clips would work well. And at the unintentional risk of sounding egotistical, I nailed it perfectly, right down to the last note. This video is obviously a dream with an easy storyline to follow, but has some very cool subtle scenes that can be easily missed the first time watching it. I missed a couple and I built the damn thing. Very cool video, Hope you all enjoy it. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cheap Trick - The Flame with lyrics




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"The Flame" is a power ballad written by British songwriters Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham. The song was first offered to English singer Elkie Brooks, who turned it down, and was then released by Cheap Trick,

The song appeared on the band's Lap of Luxury album in 1988. Considered as the band's comeback album following the failure of the 1986 album The Doctor, Lap of Luxury produced three top 40 hit singles and one minor hit single. After "The Flame" topped the American Billboard Hot 100. 

The success of "The Flame" brought Cheap Trick out of a years-long commercial slump and back into music industry prominence. It was Cheap Tricks' only number one single in America. It also became the band's first hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, reaching #29 there; "Don't Be Cruel" then hit #32 on the AC chart.

Reportedly, the band disliked the song at first;  Rick Nielsen disliked the song so much on first hearing that he yanked it from the tape player and ground the cassette beneath his boot heel.

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description" 
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Full/Long Version w/Lyrics

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      In 1983, Bonnie Tyler's hit "Total Eclipse Of the Heart" reached the #1 spot on U.S. and U.K. charts. Really cool and well written, I've always liked this song. And  I like the original official video. However, as much as I appreciate thinking outside the box, I always thought the video was just way too far out there somewhere, and didn't make any sense in relation to the song. The gothic video, was story-boarded by Jim Steinman and was inspired by the film Future World, the follow-up to the Yul Brunner futuristic thriller Westworld. It was filmed at Holloway Asylum, which was built by a doctor out of the proceeds of a drug he'd invented to help his patients. Again, I'm not knocking the video, it is kinda cool. I just think it makes no damn sense. If you've ever seen the original video, you'll recognize most of what I did here. I cut parts of the original video and edited it in with cuts from 1984 live footage to make it still cool, but much more closer to our solar system. I hope you all enjoy it.

Bob Seger - Turn The Page w/lyrics


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This song is about life on the road, and the rigors musicians face when they're touring. It presents the other side of fame which the public doesn't see - the loneliness and aggravation.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird w/Lyrics

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Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" began as a ballad without the guitar solos at the end, and Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded it that way for the first time in 1972. Guitarist Allen Collins had been working on the song on and off for the previous 2 years. At the time of recording, the song was only 7 1/2 minutes long, but throughout the next year, Collins continued to refine the song until it was recorded for the final cut of Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd in 1973.
Collins wrote the music long before Ronnie Van Zant came up with lyrics for it. Van Zant finally got inspired one night and had Collins and Gary Rossington play it over and over until he wrote the words. 
The lyrics are about a man explaining to a girl why he can't settle down and make a commitment. The opening verse, "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?" was inspired by Allen Collins' girlfriend Kathy, who had asked him this very question during a fight

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description" 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AhpI0laT4
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Scorpions - Send Me An Angel w/lyrics

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"Send Me an Angel" by the Scorpions was released in September 1991for their eleventh studio album, Crazy World  as the album's fourth and final single in September 1991. Along with "Wind of Change". The song became the album's signature track, reaching number 44 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart on January 25, 1992, number 8 on the Mainstream Rock Chart[1] and high chart positions in many European countries.
This song has a very COSMIC feeling to it. "The morning star" is  known as the planet Venus, and Venus is the planet of love, so the land of the morning star is "the calling deep within your heart", where your love resides, it is the way out of the dark, and into the light, into the dreams of your heart - "your promised land". "Wise man" is the place of wisdom that resides within you, that "as the years pass you by" you finally realize "love" is answer, it is the "dawn" of your true life, and "here I am" ready to receive my angel, my angel who is the promise of love and hope, and the angel of who I truly am inside...

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AhpI0laT4
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Pat Benetar - Hell Is For Children - Lyrics

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WARNING; This video contains graphic images of abused children that may be disturbing to some viewers.


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Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)


Child Welfare Information Gateway (Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect) Website:
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/r...


National Child Sexual Abuse Helpline
(Darkness to Light}
1-866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)
Darkness to Light provides a toll-free number for individuals living in the United States who need local information and resources about sexual abuse. Any individual, child or adult who needs resources about sexual abuse can call or visit the Helpline.Website: http://www.d2l.org/site/c.4dICIJOkGcI...

Hell Is For Children, Lyrics:

They cry in the dark, so you can't see their tears
They hide in the light, so you can't see their fears
Forgive and forget, all the while
Love and pain become one and the same
In the eyes of a wounded child

Because Hell, Hell is for children
And you know that their little lives can become such a mess
Hell, hell is for children
And you shouldn't have to pay for your love
With your bones and your flesh

It's all so confusing, this brutal abusing
They blacken your eyes, and then apologize
Be daddy's good girl, and don't tell mommy a thing
Be a good little boy, and you'll get a new toy
Tell grandma you fell off the swing

Because Hell, Hell is for children
And you know that their little lives can become such a mess
Hell, hell is for children
And you shouldn't have to pay for your love
With your bones and your flesh
No, Hell is for children

Hell, Hell is for Hell
Hell is for Hell, Hell is for children

Hell, Hell is for Hell
Hell is for Hell, Hell is for children

Hell, Hell is for Hell
Hell is for Hell, Hell is for children

Hell is for children
Hell is for children

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Eagles - Please Come Home For Christmas w/Lyrics

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‘The Heart Of The Matter’ was released in 1989 on Don Henley’s album ‘The End Of The Innocence’ (which also features ‘New York Minute’, another Henley heart-stopper). The song was revisited by the Eagles in 1994 on their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ live album, which is by far the superior version, stripped of any lingering ‘Boys Of Summer’ production, and infused with those soaring Eagles harmonies. Henley’s vocal is more raw too; the heartache still seems new, which is a testament to how emotive a vocalist he can be. Or maybe five years still wasn’t enough time.
Henley lived in the fast lane, sure, but he didn’t realize he was speeding in the wrong direction. By the time he bothered to look in the rear-view mirror, she was gone.
The chorus is so stark, a portrait of a man slowly working his way through heartache. It’s all so elementary; a broken man rebuilding himself without a reliable guide. It’s small and simple, and never angry. “But I miss you sometimes” hits all the harder for not being obscured in metaphor. “The things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.” There’s a lot of trying, and learning, but also a complete surrender to things outside his control. He misses her, his will gets weak, his thoughts scatter – she doesn’t love him anymore. He can’t steer any of it. All he can do is try, and learn. It’s beautiful.






Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description" 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Ahp...


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Journey - Eyes Of A Woman w/Lyrics

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From the album Raised On Radio  " Eyes of a Woman" Another softer song, this has some decent lead guitar work, and bassist Bob Glaub even steps to the fore with some great moments.

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AhpI0laT4

Journey - Lights

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This is about San Francisco, the "City by the bay." Journey formed there and became popular in that area before hitting it big. If you haven't seen a sunset in San Francisco you don't know what you're missing

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description" 
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Styx - Castle Walls w/Lyrics

The song’s primary allusion is to leave a castle for some mysterious and compelling reason. Something, apparently desirable, is out side the boundary created by the castle. Ultimately, a castle is device of protection, but if that protection is perceived to be too important to shed, then the castle becomes a prison. The only way to discover and experience that which is “calling”, is to abandon the safety and protection it provides.

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This is not an easy thing to do. It’s scary out there! Battles rage like hell and doves loose there will to fly! The translation being that; “trying” is no guarantee for success and may make the situation worse. At least that’s the perception. Hanging out in the castle is the safe and easy thing to do.

Basically, the song is about overcoming self-imposed limitations. Clinging to the safety of the castle is a metaphor for the fear of leaving one’s comfort zones. following our dreams may “seem” like a tough thing to do, but in reality, it’s the perception of difficulty that is the limiting factor. 

“Life is never what it seems” -- of course it’s not -- it’s a Grand Illusion! And, don’t let that illusion (perception) stop you from realizing your potential. Eventually, “every man must meet his destiny” – you can’t hide in the castle forever!

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description" 
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Simply Red - Holding Back the Years w/Lyrics (I'll keep holding on)

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Simply Red is singer Mick Hucknall ("Red" was his nickname because of his red hair). He originally recorded this in 1979 with his band The Frantic Elevators.
Hucknall wrote this in his bedroom at his father's house. He was still a teenager.
Simply Red went on to record 10 UK Top 10 hits, including "Fairground" a 1995 #1. In the US, their cover of Harold Melvyn's "If You Don't Know Me by Now" became their second American chart topper and the best selling British single in the US in 1989.

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description" 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Ahp...

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man with lyrics



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"Simple Man"  is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most popular songs.
Since the song became available for digital download, it has become Lynyrd Skynyrd's third best-selling digital song after "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". It has sold 1,333,000 copies in the U.S. as of November 2013. The song charted in the Hot 100 for the first time in May 201
Shortly after Ronnie Van Zant's grandmother and Gary Rossington's mother died, they got together in Van Zant's apartment and started telling stories about them. Rossington came up with a chord progression, and Van Zant wrote the lyrics based on advice the women had given them over the years. They wrote it in about an hour.
Even though the lyrics state, "Sit beside me, my only son," Ronnie was not the only son. He had 2 younger brothers along with one older sister and one younger sister.

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AhpI0laT4
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REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You with lyrics

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REO Speedwagon was one of the first Rock bands to score big with power ballads in the '80s. They had the good fortune of being one of the hottest bands in America when MTV launched on August 1, 1981
Most of the band's videos were dominated by performance footage, and they weren't photogenic enough to compete on the network with the likes of Duran Duran, Van Halen and other acts who did a better job matching a picture to the sound.
Keep On Loving You" is lead singer Kevin Cronin's response after he found out his wife was cheating on him. In the song he says he'll keep on loving her no matter what.
Before REO Speedwagon recorded this, they were known as a hard rock band. Keyboardist Neal Doughty initially had concerns about recording this love ballad, but his fears were calmed when "Keep On Loving You" proved to be a breakthrough hit for the band.
The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon's 1980 album Hi Infidelity. It was the first REO Speedwagon single to break the top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching the number-one spot for one week in March 1981. The single was certified Platinum for U.S. sales of over one million copies.

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AhpI0laT4
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Lita Ford /Ozzy Osbourne - Close My Eyes Forever with lyrics

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Romeo and Juliet on steroids. That's how I would describe "Close My Eyes Forever" by Liita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne.
Although the subject matter is a bit morbid for some people, this is an absolutely awesome song. Simply defined, it's about a couple that can't handle their breakup, and are contemplating suicide. The rhythm, tempo, pitch, and reality of the song, makes it's nearly the perfect ballad.
"Close My Eyes Forever" was released in 1988 and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. I am sure that this would have hit #1, but for most people, reality scares the hell out of them.
The primary footage for this build was from the original Video recorded in 1988. Of course I had to cut it up and edit in my own "cool ranch flavor" just to make it different from the 100's of the same video on YouTube. Hope you all enjoy it.

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Please watch: "Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven w/Lyrics - My interpretation in description"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AhpI0laT4
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Tesla - Love Song - with Lyrics

On the corner of 20th St. & Capitol Ave. in midtown Sacramento, Ca. was a popular nightclub called the Oasis Ballroom.  They hosted many of Northern California's up and coming new talented bands. One night some friends and I were fortunate enough to be there and see a little known local band called City Kidd perform. These guys were firckin' awesome. As we were leaving the club that night, I remember thinking, "those guys are going to make it big time"
That little known local band called City Kidd was none other than the now very well known band called Tesla.
Yeah, I'd say they made it big time alright. Their albums have sold over 14 million copies in the United States alone.
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This power ballad "Love Song" is Tesla's biggest hit to date, reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became a Gold Record. The original video for "Love Song" was recorded on July, 7 1989 at the Cal Expo amphitheater in Sacramento. My brother had bought me a ticket for the show as a birthday gift. A local radio station "93 Rock" had a banner contest. Whoever had the best banner in the crowd would win backstage passes. Me, my brother, and our girlfriends made a really cool banner, (I wanted those backstage passes) but we didn't win. The show was awesome though

Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is - with lyrics


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videoNo Classic Rock Ballads playlist can be complete without including one of the worlds' most recognized rock ballads of all time. "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner. Recorded in November 1984 on their Agent Provocateur album. This song topped music charts all over the world. Knocking off Madonna's long-running "Like a Virgin" out of #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 2, 1985. 
It reached the #1 spot in U.S. ,U.K. ,Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden, peaking at #2 in Switzerland and South Africa, as well as reaching the top ten in many other country's. "I Want To Know What Love Is" is listed as one of the Rolling Stone magazine's greatest songs of ALL TIME at #479. The song is also featured in a number of films.
Basically, this is just a typical power ballad that often deals with romantic and intimate relationships, loneliness, sadness, and to a lesser extent, war (protest songs). However, due in part to Lou Gramm's soulful lead vocals and the New Jersey Mass Choir's background vocals, this song has a dreamy, hypnotic feel to it, that sets it apart from other ballads. As such, I edited several clips in this video that would give it that mood. Hope you all enjoy it.



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Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight - w/Lyrics

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The meaning of Phil Collins's "In The Air Tonight" became an urban myth. The story, which is not true, is that Collins watched as a man who raped his wife drowned. Another version has Collins writing this about a man who watched another drown, and singing it to him at a concert. Yet another variation claims that when Collins was a young boy, he witnessed a man drowning someone but was too far away to help. Later, he hired a private detective to find the man, sent him a free ticket to his concert, and premiered the song that night with the spotlight on the man the whole time. 
The truth is; Collins wrote this song about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, in 1980 - he was so devastated that he left Genesis for a short time. All of the original songs on the Face Value album, including the hit "I Missed Again," were at one time intended to be "messages" to his first wife in an attempt to lure her back to him. The tension caused by the divorce led Collins to the title, as these negative feelings were "In The Air," and affecting not just the couple getting divorced, but the entire family.
However, the urban myths make this song much more interesting and fun to build a video around. :-) . So I took the young boy witnessing a drowning and ran with it to create this video. It's slightly morbid, and outside the box, but interesting as hell. Check it out.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Survivor - I Can't Hold Back - with lyrics

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"I Can't Hold Back" by Survivor is one of those power ballads that apparently often get overlooked and hasn't made it on many playlist's (by YouTube standards anyway). Not sure why that is, but I intend to get my video of it on a few playlist's, because this is an awesome power ballad. "I Can't Hold Back" was released August 1984 on Survivor's Vital Signs Album. The song peaked at #13 in December 1984 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also peaked at #1 for three weeks on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.  "I can't hold back" also made a bit of a comeback in 2009, when it was featured twice in the film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop as the love theme between the characters Paul and Amy. Really great power ballad, hope you all enjoy the video I put together for it. Please like and share.

Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down - with lyrics

"I Wish It Would Rain Down" is a beautiful Power Ballad by the amazingly talented Phil Collins, from his 1989 album ...But Seriously, featuring lead guitar by the awesome Eric Clapton. This song was a significant chart hit in 1990, peaking at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and No.1 on the RPM Top 100 in Canada. It also reached No.7 on the UK Singles Chart. "I Wish It Would Rain Down" is about a relationship that has passed, perhaps because of cheating, but the singer reflects on everything that was said, and still hangs onto their relationship, even though he knows his chances of ever seeing them back together are less than likely.

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Everything about this song makes it a perfect ballad. And as such I felt I needed to create a beautiful video to do the song justice. After hours of searching for the right clips, editing, and after effects, I think I pulled it off pretty well. Hope you all agree and enjoy it. Please like and share

Aerosmith - Angel - with lyrics

Angel" is a power ballad by  Aerosmith. It was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and  Desmond Child. Released in 1987 as the third single from the band's successful 1987 album Permanent Vacation. It quickly climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the second highest chart performance for any Aerosmith single, behind their #1 smash "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (which I will be creating a video for soon)
"Angel" has a power ballad style and incorporates many of the characteristics of rock ballads, including driving electric guitar riffs by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, pianos and violin sounds (from a keyboard), an emotional delivery of lyrics by Steven Tyler, a strong rhythm by bassist Tom Hamilton, and well-placed steady drum beats by Joey Kramer.

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I created this video to suggest that the girl in it is actually an angel, but you don't realize that 'til the end of the video, yeah I have my moments of being clever every now and then. Hope you all enjoy it. Please like and share

Styx - Suite Madame Blue - with lyrics

"Suite Madame Blue" by Styx was written in 1975 by Dennis DeYoung as America was gearing up for its Bi-Centennial celebration in 1976. The song is not a celebration of the event, but a look at how it was being exploited.
Dennis DeYoung explained in Classic Rock Revisited: "The 200th anniversary of America was being totally taken over by commercialization in a rather unceremonious fashion".
Dennis DeYoung is a brilliant songwriter, and his work often challenges you to think outside the box. "Suite Madame Blue" is no exception, but if you know that "Madame Blue" refers to the statue of Liberty, the lyrics are not that hard to decipher.

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I built this video to intentionally be outside the box and a bit bizarre, but knowing that  "Madame Blue" is the statue of Liberty, the video will make much more sense to everyone. I just wanted to make it more interesting and entertaining than using a bunch of footage and/or images of the statue of Liberty. Hope you all enjoy it. Please like and share