Wednesday, May 07, 2008


We Support the Arts on YouTube

Back in February, YouTuber JackDanyells announced a contest to help promote Art and Writing on YouTube. In his video about the contest, "Do you support the arts on YouTube?", Jack asks the question, "Is there a place for art and writing in the digital revolution?" So far, there have been 353 video responses! Finalists in the contest are to be announced on May 9th. Links to official rules of the contest are in the description of the video. There are two $500 prizes up for grabs!

Here at YouTubeStars, we consider the entire range of videos posted on YouTube as works of art. We have supported YouTubers and their videos for TWO years now! In this post, we'll have a look and listen to two poets reading a sample of their work. We'll also watch two unique music videos - one is a classic hymn set to a classic rock song, the other is a collaboration/duet between two YouTubers.

First, some News! There is another popular contest going on, and several YouTubers are contestants. The TotalPopStar contest is in the Final stages. The winner gets a Record Contract and Prizes worth over $150,000! We have written about three of the top six Finalists in the past: bexboop878, jsanchezfan, and kristaheartzuz. Go to TotalPopStar and vote, NOW!

HotForWords says go to!Last month, our new friend Marina (HotForWords, #33 this week!) appeared on The O'Reilly Factor with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News. They talked about the origin of five words that Bill likes to use on his show. I was very happy to hear him mention how many Total Video Views Marina has received on YouTube! He got that data from our Total Video Views widget, which appears front and center on the website. Excellent appearance, Marina! And thanks, Bill O'Reilly for indirectly promoting our Total Video Views widget! As people like YOU add our widgets to their websites, we are adding their Testimonials to our website. Go see who is using our widgets!

Last time, we mentioned comedian Fred from jklproduction (#23 this week). He spun off his Fred character to its own channel on May 1st. He already has over 4o Thousand subscribers and entered the Top 100 Chart at number 83! Watch his Mayday video. It's so stupid, it's funny!

Now, here are four videos for you!

Charming Nikki, babyporriidge, made this entry for JackDanyells' contest. It's an amazing poem with great visuals. Here is the poem:

dear inspiration,

we have not kissed for days.

you disappear with the ease of the ghosts i pretend not to believe in, & you slip through the loopholes of my jargon & thought patterns, as if your only obligation is to slide through space.

the days were kinder then, & you taught me to speak with the diction of the skies. you taught me to write about charisma like a broken record where everything was muted against the infinite repeat of charm & of charm & of charm & of charm.

sometimes, in your absence, you take my clarity. sometimes, it's my sanity. always, you take a piece of me with you.

i have looked for you under tea-cups & between the lines of someone else's pride. it would help if you were not so nameless & not so faceless.

there is a place, much like you, where inertia & gravity do not apply.
i only have open arms for you & like my skin & my soul are territories already marked with your name, there is a place like a smooth canvas that waits for your calligraphy.

there will be a place for us here.

TubeWrite: Dear Inspiration

Made by: babyporridge
Rating: 4.89
Views: 8782
Comments: 148
Category: Film & Animation

Talented Stefani, livingpassion, has been sharing her excellent poetry with the YouTube community for over a year now. She has 143 videos on YT! Here is the poem she recites in this video:

I love you

I wrote you a poem,
Comparing my love
To the dangerously enticing
Face of the fiery sun...

I called you my songbird--
Lamenting your silence
And seeking your song...
Wishing I had clipped your wings.

When I wept for you,
I spoke of storms
Wreaking havoc on my heart
And freezing my very soul.

Like the prophet,
Seeking a still, small voice in an earthquake,
In my pedantic, poetic rambling
I think I forgot to say,

I love you.

A Simple Love Poem

Made by: livingpassion
Rating: 5.00
Views: 232
Comments: 20
Category: People & Blogs

Inspiring VioletKitty411 recently uploaded this uplifting video. She sings "Amazing Grace" to the music of "House of the Rising Sun" which was a hit for "The Animals" in the '60s. Enjoy this music video and be sure to check out more videos on the VioletKitty411 channel!
House of the Risen Son

Made by: VioletKitty411
Rating: 4.15
Views: 793
Comments: 97
Category: Music

Bridget Hermano teams up with Jennifer Newberry on this duet/collaboration video collage. Both ladies are beautiful and talented singers! You'll enjoy watching and listening to this one! Don't miss "No Air" towards the end - WOW!
Bridget & Jennifer Newberry Duet Collage

Made by: jennifernew21
Rating: 4.76
Views: 3947
Comments: 111
Category: Music

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Sadly, the VioletKitty411 video is not available. Probably embedding disabled.

Hi John,
You're right, that video is Embedding Disabled. Just click on the picture anywhere but the play button and the video will play at YouTube.

Some good content there. Best original song I have found on Youtube of late is this basically unknown guy:

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