I'm throwing kisses at YouTube because, on my third month of blogging (yes, last Dec. 12), I finally learned how to make my own videos and upload them to that site. Woohoo, this is great, I'm learning something new everyday! Before this, all the video clips I'd posted here were courtesy of other people who were generous enough to share them via YouTube. But that wasn't enough for me. I have hundreds of concert DVDs alone, plus Broadway and other musical specials, documentaries, special-interest titles, etc. I've long wanted to share them with friends. Now, YouTube will allow me to do that.
A caveat, though. To contain any copyright kinks, my uploaded videos are labeled Private (for now), which means only me and those I invite to my account can watch them. I'm not going to invite anyone, because I've got a better plan. The videos are not embeddable anywhere else, except here. Translation: they will be exclusive to this site. So from now on, unless I indicate otherwise (because there are a lot of swell public-broadcast material from YouTube that I still plan to "borrow" every now and then), many of the videos you will see here are from my own collection. I'll try my best to provide copyright attribution always, so I hope the owners won't run after me. Hey, I'm not making money here, fellas. Purely for the love of art. (Grin)
Here's my very first uploaded clip--a spectacular number from "La Cage Aux Folles," presented at the 1984 Tony Awards, which I've been searching for but can't find in YouTube. (Don't blink, or you'll miss the surprise ending!) Thanks to Nero7, I learned how to cut this from my own DVD copy. Hard work but worth it! Enjoy!
Got suggestions on what you'd like to see here? Let me know, I just might have them!
Update 6 hours later: Ooops, looks like I spoke too soon. YouTube videos don't seem to work with the Private Broadcast/Embedding Enabled combination. My video clip runs only when it's on public broadcast, which means anybody on YouTube can find it and copy the code. Oh well, bite the bullet for foreign clips. Let's see how things work out. However, when it comes to video clips of Filipino material (like excerpts of musicals) that have been or will be lent to me on the promise that they won't be copied by others (yes, I've got a few in the pipeline!), I'd have to disable embedding even for my blog (to safeguard the code) and just provide a view-only link to my YouTube page. Sorry in advance. But that's for another day...
[video copyright © Acorn Media]