Ben Roberts wanted to surprise his dad with a ticket to the Olympics. More accurately, Roberts wanted to trick his father into thinking that they’d only be looking at the outside of Olympic Park from a nearby viewing platform – which made giving him tickets that much more sweet.
Coincidentally, we reached out to Ben Roberts for permission to post his video and to ask a follow-up question about how everything turned out…and he didn’t answer. So, we sat on this story until the Olympics were over.
Video’s after the jump.
Mike Massé, talented musician and Louis CK stunt double, is from Utah and has a flawless voice. He’s been recording some really solid performances at Salt Lake City’s Pie Pizzeria and uploading those videos to his YouTube channel. He’s been doing this for a couple of years now, where each video gets an average of 100-200k hits (my personal favorites, which give me chills, are the Radiohead covers). As a musician, I can respect the amount of talent it takes to perform a good song live and do it flawlessly.
His most recent solo performance is quite possibly the most important one he has done and will ever do.
Before the music even starts, the video begins with a heart-wrenching intro where Mike briefly explains his 1-year-old son’s condition. On July 5th, 2012, his 11-month-old son, Noah, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Two weeks later he recorded this video.
It’s a powerful and simple introduction that emotionally resonates in your soul as you hear the audible pain of his speaking voice. His two-camera performance of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” is beautifully haunting. Check it out and download the song to donate.