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Via Pianogirl. This is pretty wonderful:

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  • rose

    2 sweet! I liked it. very unexpected. P.S. I love dance…so i prejudice.

  • Greta

    I can see fox network picking this up as a new reality show. Dancing with Large Vehicles.

  • Tom Carty

    I don’t know anything about art, but this is certainly innovative and interesting in a way that much of what is called art is not.Imagine celebrating the simple pleasure of unspoiled nature without heavy-handed preaching. It is, in that sense,about the soul’s longing and in the spirit of Gerard Manley Hopkins.Thanks.

  • cathyf

    Ok, I have to admit that the ads cracked me up — Hydro Ram Manure Spreader???

  • EJHill

    Your tax dollars hard at work.

    I have no problem with things like this that people do on their own volition, but the history of this piece is a tangled web of funding. Pew, the Kennedy Center, government grants, etc.

    Sorry, you want to make a video about some guy making love to an earth mover, please don’t drop any of my dimes into it.

  • Tammy

    I dunno…I’d like to be an artsy person and someone who has good taste in performances. Try as I might though, this just struck me as plain old weird. Then I thought it was pretty funny. Who thinks this stuff up? “Hey, I know! How about I dance with a tractor?!”

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  • Maureen

    I wager that, if the American taxpayer were called upon to vote whether they’d pay for dance routines with earthmoving equipment or monster trucks, the American taxpayer would vote YES.

    And honestly, it’s difficult to see how you’d keep from getting sued or arrested, making a video like this — unless you brought in some entity with lawyers, guns, and money. If all government grants and foundations were just engaged in clearing away Obstacles to Coolness, we’d be fans of them.

    And for what it’s worth, I think the idea was that the earthmover insisted on its right to be happy doing what it was made for, and not simply dancing through life. I certainly didn’t see it as an environmental message.

  • TeaPot562

    I will never hear “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens again without this ridiculously dangerous duet coming to mind. My wife is a retired cellist.

  • Janie

    Very weird and certainly different. !! I loved it !

  • Tom

    I agree with most of the comments. This does not make sense unless you’ve seen this


    The Best John Deere Commercial ever.

    Get some humor guys.

  • Victor

    Dear Anchoress,

    This piece reminds me of having written to our good bishop many moons ago telling him in so many words that people no longer cared about correcting or admitting of their sins so they gave them all to machinery of our future.

    Of course, I realize now that without knowing, I was streading a lot of spiritual manure.

    I hear ya! Machinery is finally cultivating some of sinner vic fruitless brain cells.

    Go Figure! :)

  • Piano Girl88

    As far as NEA grants being used for art/music, this is really mild stuff. You should hear/see some of the “music” or “art”, especially the “performance art” that is funded with taxpayer dollars. I’ve been the recipient of a grant to bring music to school children in the hopes of introducing them to something other than rap & hip-hop. As much as many of us would love to see the NEA abolished, that’s probably not going to happen.

    BTW, the music for this was Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

  • TeaPot562

    Piano Girl88, it’s The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals, by Saint-Saens.

  • Obi’s Sister

    I love it! Boy never loses his childhood love of dirt and the diggers!

    But sorry PianoGirl88, the accompanying music is “Le Cygne” (The Swan) from Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Here is a lovely rendition from Indiana University.

    I don’t know much (just ask Elizabeth), but I do know the cello repertoire.

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  • Piano Girl88

    Yes, Obi’s Sister & Tea Pot ~ how embarrassing to have missed that one ~ The Swan and Swan Lake are intermingled in my mixed up brain ~ too much music going through there!

  • Obi’s Sister

    PianoGirl88 – I can totally relate to THAT!

  • Mimsy

    This must be a weird version of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel…The Son and I read that every day for about two years. Those were the good old days!

  • Bob Devine

    As a retired truck driver and occasional equipment operator I thought that was cool. The operator had a light hand on the sticks the dance was different and the piano nice.

  • shackman

    I was hoping the shovel would come down on the guy and then it would show just a pile of his clothes on the ground. that would have been a funny ending!

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  • Linus

    I thought it was just plain stupid. It certainly wouldn’t help convense me to by a Deere product. Farmers and independent contractors would shy away from ads like this. I think they would wonder if the ad men had lost their minds.

    [It's not an ad. It's a dance. It's performance art. -admin]