I was just alerted by my daughter to the latest madcap video of Walk Off The Earth, so I’m scrapping what I was about to post and am featuring this clip instead. In this vid WOTE has teamed up with the Virginia pop/rock band Parachute to deliver a peppy cover of Pharrell’s global hit, “Happy.”
What I love about Walk Off The Earth is the creative joy of their work, which their live shows amply demonstrate. (Try to catch them in a small club, while you still can.) In keeping with their brand, WOTE’s videos are almost always wonderfully nutty. Note the “forced vibrato” in Sarah Blackwood’s vocals later in the clip.
I’ve said it before and I won’t stop: Why can’t more businesses reflect this sense of fun? Why are there only a handful of well-known organizations that have made “being alive” a “way of life”? (Think: Zappos or Southwest Airlines or the late, great Commerce Bank.) If innovation—the foundation of the Creative Economy—is nurtured in a culture that encourages a lightness of being, an attitude of good cheer, and a sense of experimental PLAY, why is the 21st century workplace still such a grim place? (Of course there are exceptions, and I sincerely hope you work in one.)