Friday Morning Music: Happy Birthday, Virginia!

Every Friday morning we kick off your weekend with a series of videos, loosely gathered around a theme. This week, we celebrate the birth of this lovely commonwealth.

Way back in the mists of time, on March 25th, 1583, crusty old Queen Elizabeth granted Sir Walter Raleigh a charter to colonize Virginia. Fun fact: the native peoples called the land “Wingina”. Guess the region was settled by the Charlie Sheen tribe. Regardless, here’s some homegrown music. Happy birthday, Virginia. You lookin’ good. Not a day over 400.

Carbon Leaf – On Any Given Day From Richmond, these guys blend Celtic influence, jam-band grooves, and elegant storytelling.

Seven Mary Three – Cumbersome Holy shit, remember the ’90’s? From Williamsburg.

Pharrell Williams – Frontin (Ft. Jay-Z) The N.E.R.D. frontman and Neptunes producer hails from Virginia Beach. Also, this song features one of Hov’s best rhymes.

Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching Oh, hey, what’s up college. From Charlottesville.

Update: Two thoughts: 1) Youtube and their clickthroughs can suck a big fat one, but both of those videos are worth it. 2) If Hat Girl from the Frontin’ video were a drum, I would bang on her like the breakdown from “In the Air Tonight“.

Thanks to Dan Sacks for the Phil Collins reference.

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4 Responses to Friday Morning Music: Happy Birthday, Virginia!

  1. pezhead9000 says:

    7 Mary three – awesome. Great blog just discovered it

  2. Jake says:

    I’m a little disappointed that these great Virginian songs didn’t make the cut:

    Old Crow Medicine Show – James River Blues

    Old Crow Medicine Show – Virginia Creeper

    Granted, these songs all deal with Virginia as a subject, and your selections highlight artists who are from Virginia, but even so, there’s some room for overlap here, such as:

    CLIPSE (Ft. Pharell) – Virginia

    (I actually prefer this Hood Internet mash-up with Matt & Kim:

    or, for Carbon Leaf, “Reunion Monticello?” I’m sure Dave has some Dominion-Centric songs as well.

    • Aaron says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, those are awesome! And I love Old Crow, but they’re from Nashville. Other artists I excluded: Dave Grohl (born and raised in Alexandria), Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline, Stewart Copeland, GWAR, Jason Mraz, and a band called “Alabama Thunderpussy“. No joke.

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