Another piano man has released a song about Middletown, the city home to The Most Beautiful Street in America (High Street), if you believe the potential words of either Mark Twain or Charles Dickens. This song is not new; it was actually released in October of 2015. However, kitabonly just discovered this track and sent it my way, to my unexpected and extreme delight. Only with partial dismay did I find that this song was not an unreleased Drake track. I thought this likelybecause of his—presumably inspirational—trip to Middletown in October 2010.
The song, entitled “Middletown Is My Kind of Connecticut City, I Think” was penned and performed by Matt Farley. Before I get to my thoughts on the track, let’s give it a listen:
Wesleyan junior Mark Nakhla ’13 picked up American Sign Language as a freshman. In the years since, Nakhla has spent a considerable amount of time and effort signing videos for the deaf and hard of hearing community, including Backstreet Boys’ “The Call,” Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” and OneRepublic’s “Secrets”—basically your average WESU playlist. Most of the videos involve Nahkla, stationary, signing in front of an unchanging, domestic background. Until now.
The latest is an ASL interpretation of Drake’s “Headlines,” with help from Noah Korman ’14, Adam Keller ’14, and Greg Faxon ’14. Says video contributor/not-so-anonymous tipster Korman: “This video’s production and signing however have reached new heights.” He’s right: this is a tightly choreographed Drake-themed journey through the Butts tunnels and beyond. It’s already topped 400 views in one day and counting. Check it out here or embedded above.
[pictured: rapper Drake, Shadow Room bartender Tiffany Amber; not pictured: Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel]
This is probably the first time Canadian rapper Drake and Nobel Laureate writer Elie Wiesel have ever been mentioned in the same blog post, so consider it a treat: these two exciting guests chose the same week to visit our humble Middletown.
Drake arrived at midnight, and the party, open to the public, had the crowd dancing to Drake’s personal DJ until 3 a.m.
With a heads-up from club owner Nicholas Caraci, Middletown and State Police were positioned outside the club. Caraci indicated that there was no trouble at the club. The door was supervised by a Middletown fire marshall, and the event was supervised by four state troopers and about a dozen Middletown Police patrol cars.