Goodbye

Saying “goodbye” is one of the hardest things to do in life.

That is why I like to say “goodbye” with awkward dance moves and a little bit of sweat.

Enjoy!

Thanks to David and Jen for hanging out, having some fun, and not laughing at my “dance” moves (too much). It’s pretty funny that we filmed a video for “Bye Bye Bye” and “Gangsta’s Paradise” on the same day. Diversity is the spice of life. Yo.

Goodbye

On a related note, which is the best boy band of all time? Here is your answer.

Paradise

When you hear the word “paradise,” you may think of pearly gates and streets of gold, a short line at Chipotle with generous meat-scooping workers, or quitting your job and traveling around the country to watch baseball games.

What does a thug like me think of when I hear the word “paradise”?

Paradise

Making a rap video with two of my BFFs.

Due to a crazy work schedule and well, babies, it’s been about six months since I hung out with Dave and Jen to make a new rap video. Well, I’ve got good news for both of our fans:

The wait is over!

Awkward White Guy Rap – Britney Spears

We all have a Fountain of Youth, a Moby Dick, or a Holy Grail that seems unattainable, uncatchable, and unreachable.  It might be those last five pounds you just can’t shed, running a six-minute mile, or beating the fiftieth level of Candy Crush.

For me, it was performing a Britney Spears song.

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No longer.

Due to the help of one amazing singer (Jen!), a spirited violinist and his flashy blue violin (Jackie!), and two uber-cool brothers (Dave and Phil!) who make up one-half of an amazing band (The Unlikely Hero!), I found my Holy Grail this past weekend.

Thanks for watching!

A special thanks to Jen, Jackie, Dave, and Phil for making this video possible!  Huge thanks to Paul A. for letting us use his camera and for Capital City Church for letting us jam in the office to film this silly video.  Finally, thanks to Britney Spears for the inspiration.

Seriously, watch The Unlikely Hero video linked above.  They are so good.

Oh, and this video helps explain my Facebook post from Thursday:

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Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. XIV): Run-DMC

Look out, world!  You’re about to witness the greatest comeback in D.C. since Grover Cleveland:

Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. XIV) - Run DMC

Amanda is making her long-awaited return to the rap game!

Such a momentous moment in music history warrants a legendary rap song.  After videos inspired by artists ranging from Dr. Dre and DMX to Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, it was time to look to the godfathers of rap music, Run-DMC.  Those guys took rap from the streets to the mainstream.  I’ve done their ultimate jam, “Walk This Way,” in the past, so we turned to another one of their classic hits, “It’s Tricky.”

Not only is “It’s Tricky” a super dope jam, but we love it because our boy Bryce Harper used it as one of his walk-up songs at Nationals games this past season.  You’re the man, Bryce, but this strange video is kind of your fault.

I’ll be honest, Amanda crushes it in this video.  Amazingly, she does it all with two little babies jamming inside her.  Enjoy this video and it’s extreme Caucasian awkwardness!

You can find all of the “Awkward White Guy Rap” videos here!

Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. XIII) – Jay-Z

Interesting things happen when a lawyer and a historian hang together on a Saturday night.

Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. XIII) - Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra

Meet Doug.

He’s a rad dude.  Doug used to be that cool guy you’d see in NYC singing in musicals and dancing and stuff.  Now, he’s a cool guy who lives in DC, shares his wealth of theatrical knowledge and experience with kids, and studies and digitizes the history of the Civil War during the day.  Oh, and he’s married to one of my BFFs.

Most importantly, we made a “rap” video together!  Enjoy!

Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. VIII) – Beastie Boys

There are a lot of reasons I’m really thankful for my job.  I get a regular paycheck that can buy important stuff like Legos and Jordans (and baby stuff too, I guess).  Even better, our office has free animal crackers and monthly fajita buffets.  Most importantly, once a year, rapping is part of my job description.  Other than every day that I’m not at work, it’s my favorite day of the year.

Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. VIII) - Beastie Boys

Walk This Way

Thrift Shop

Well, in 2013, it happened twice.

At the 2013 “Battle of the Law Firm Bands” event at the Black Cat in D.C., Sutherland Comfort brought down the house with an eclectic set of Alanis, Christina, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Gun ‘n Roses, and Maclemore songs.  We also raised $40,000 for the D.C. homeless community.  Even better, the entire event raised $250,000!  Holler!  Despite the excess amount of sweat I put off during our performance, someone from the D.C. Bar liked everyone else in the band so much that they asked us to perform at a fancy lawyer prom-esque event.

Like me at the aforementioned fajita buffet, we enthusiastically said “YES!  YES!  YES!”  It was a little different from what we’re used to, namely, there were fewer drunk people, less insanity, and more tuxedos.  However, we still gave it our best shot and the band crushed an eight-song set this past Saturday night.  Here’s our lawyerly rendition of “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys.  Enjoy!

You can find all my other “Awkward White Guy Rap” videos here.  YouTube is full of other Sutherland Comfort videos that are much better, especially ones that don’t involve me.

Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. VII) – Disney

Although we may disagree about our favorite sports teams, political idealogies, and religous beliefs, we all love Disney movies.  I don’t know about you, but a 1980’s Disney animation classic and a rap jam seem like a perfect fit.

Awkward White Guy Rap (Vol. VII) - Disney

This is a little different than the other “Awkward White Guy Raps,” but I like it (and it only took 10 minutes to film and edit).  Have a great day!