I’ve been wondering all week what I have to add to the noise and the words and the chaos all around us, and the answer came to me this morning: YouTube clips.
I needed a break from the news today (you too?), so I went ahead and compiled 20 of my all-time favorite YouTube clips. There are movie scenes, broadway numbers, bits from my favorite television shows, and a few other random things included below. They all share one thing in common: They make me happy every single time I watch them, and I hope they might send a little joy your way today too.
Without further ado (and in no particular order)…
1.) This scene from Pam and Jim’s wedding in The Office which just now made me both laugh out loud and cry.
3.) One of my very favorite performances from So You Think You Can Dance: Turn to Stone with Melanie and Marko.
4.) One of my favorite songs: Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me by CityAlight.
5.) This sweet production of Boat Song by JJ Heller.
6.) The Jackal, obviously, fellow West Wing fans.
7.) That time Lin-Manuel Miranda surprised his wife with a rendition of To Life from Fiddler on the Roof at their wedding.
8.) Also that time Jimmy Fallon found out he once sort of went on a date with Nicole Kidman but didn’t realize it.
10.) This scene from John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch featuring Jake Gyllenhaal in which Mr. Music tries to make music out of things that don’t make any sound.
12.) Also, while we’re on the subject of show tunes: the Hamilton cast singing Yorktown at the 2016 Tony Awards.
15.) Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me music video. Don’t @ me.
16.) Kristen Bell describing the time a sloth came to her birthday party.
17.) Jimmy Fallon’s “songversation” with Justin Timberlake. (How can you choose just one Jimmy/Justin clip? I panicked.)
18.) Also, Jimmy Fallon’s recent at-home editions of The Tonight Show.
19.) Carrie Underwood’s rendition of How Great Thou Art.
20.) Finally, the first 10 minutes of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and also the first 8 minutes of In the Heights.
Happy Friday, everyone. Here’s to taking it one day and one YouTube clip at a time.