I’ve been obsessing over Jimmy Fallon, not him in particular, but his late night show. I go through these spurts of obsessing over things and going all over the internet to find anything related to that thing.
I went through (although this is kind of ongoing) a Jane Austen phase where I was looking for any books and movies that had any references to Jane Austen and her books. I might write a separate blog post on this– I didn’t realize how much is out there paying homage to good ol’ Jane!
I often go through a recurring phase of looking for bloopers reels on youtube. I love watching old TV show bloopers reels, like Seinfeld and the Cosby Show. It’s wonderful seeing these great actors being human and silly. I get a kick out of that.
So lately my obsession has been Jimmy Fallon and his late night show. It started when my cousin showed me this:
I was dying! And I watched it a few more times with him and then I’ve shown it to multiple friends and family since. There are so many things I love about this clip: the amazingness of the Roots playing this whole mashup live (no records or DJs!), the fun JT and Jimmy are having, the skills they have, and just the electric vibe of joy in that space.
Then I found that they had done this several times, though I think history of rap #2 is the best.
Just recently, I got back interested in JF when this video went viral:
Once again, more awesomeness by all these guys and the Roots (how cool to have them as your back up band, just playing the soundtrack to your life??). Again, joy, fun, love of what they do.
Then I stumbled on this precious clip:
Love it. You can do more searches of JF with other celebrity singers singing and the Roots backing them up on classroom instruments. Robin Thicke, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mariah Carey…
And then it’s easy to just get sucked into all the other clips on JF’s channel. His other currently viral video about hashtags back with JT. His thank-you notes. His game show activities with his guests.
So what I love about this is that Jimmy Fallon has found what seems to be HIS dream job. It’s so obvious he loves what he does. And it’s obvious he’s grateful and even a bit starstruck by himself. Like he can’t quite believe he is where is. I could be totally reading into this, but he seems to still be a grounded, normal person who has skyrocketed to fame, but more importantly, landed a situation where he is joyful going to work.
I heard him on Terry Gross’s Fresh Air a few weeks ago, and there seemed to be some of that disbelief that he, a normal guy, is where he is today.
I want me some of THAT. To find a job, situation, place in life where I get to bring together all my loves: food, social justice, education, that outdoors, people, love, hope… change. I’d be curious to sit down with JF and ask if he had any vision of what his life would be like. Right now, I don’t feel clear on my vision; but I am clear on my loves. And maybe that’s what he’d say, just be clear on your loves and keep them front and center and keep moving toward them and with them. You’ll get there. Or maybe you already are there.
I have landed me a job! I’m not sure if it will bring me the kind of joy that the late night show brings to Jimmy Fallon, but I’m moving along, keeping my eyes open.