Sapporo Snow Festival | Our “Sort Of” Inspired Ice Ice Baby Music Video

June 2, 2016, In: Japan, Life, Mainland Japan, Travel

Sarah was having a baby. And we were going to an ice festival.

My “music videos“, if you will (or vacation videos, if you won’t), in the past have been a little “less than” inspired. I like them. Usually the people on the trip with me like them. But… my intended target audience is somewhat limited to that. They are meant to capture the essence of our trip. The highlights, the playfulness, and some of the scenery.

A few months ago, my friend Laura, from Little Island Takara, gave me the idea that maybe if I choreographed the whole thing to one song it would feel more… cohesive.

So I started brainstorming. What might inspire a theme song for our trip. Here’s how the brainstorming went:

  • Ice festival.
  • Japan.
  • Baby (not mine) on the way.
  • Food.
  • Snow.
  • Ice Sculptures.
  • Baby.
  • Cold.
  • Food.
  • Ice.
  • Baby.

Ice Ice Baby. I’d found my song.

Word to your mother.

Next on the agenda was to try to get everyone else on board. This part was just a little bit harder. I sent the three of them several very excited text messages, telling them to brush up on their Vanilla Ice lyrics: We were going to be making an Ice Ice Baby music video. Sarah was in. She even had a T-shirt. The boys did their best. All three of them put up with me like champs! And it was harder than you think.

I learned two things in the making of our little video.

  1. I have exactly two dance moves. Neither of them are likely or recommended to be emulated.
  2. The lyrics of Ice Ice Baby are not as easy as I originally thought.

If someone asked you if you knew the words to Ice Ice Baby, you would probably answer yes, and assume that if you at least knew the chorus you’d be okay. You’d be wrong! There are a whole of of words in that song! A whole lot. And since we were on vacation and didn’t feel like studying early ’90s rap lyrics, we just did our best.

The end result makes me smile and smile.

Oh, and watching our Ice Ice Baby music video on repeat… especially knowing how very, VERY not his thing it is… I am sure I married the most patiently perfect guy there is.

And just think, he has the rest of his life to practice making vacation movies with me!

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