Guys, I'm not gonna lie to you. I've been down in the dumps for a little while. There are so many things I have to be happy for right now, but I'm in one of those moods where I can't or just don't want to think about any of them. I'm in a pissy frame of mind, feeling overworked and exhausted to the core, like I could blow at any moment.
I know full well it'll pass, and I'm trying to help it along with a few of my tried and true remedies: long baths with smelly products, old episodes of Law & Order: SVU on repeat (I don't know why watching a show full of horrible pervs cheers me up, but it does), and cuddling with my pets.
Something that really helps speed these moods along, though is letting myself fall into a YouTube k-hole for an hour or two. Looking up old, weird TV shows I only half-remember. Checking in on the Solid Gold Dancers. Watching Barbie commercials from the 1980s (True story: I once took my Western Barbie to the hairdresser and said "Give me THIS!" -- and she did, with glitter hairspray no less).
But nothing on YouTube can bring me the happy quite like the amazing Timmy, aka TheManiaMusic. Here's a peek at his latest video, a cover of Lady Gaga's power ballad "Yoü And I."
I discovered Timmy thanks to a friend who posted one of his videos on my Facebook wall about a year or so ago: his now-primitive seeming version of "Bad Romance", performed in his kitchen while wearing a pair of too-small Mickey Mouse pajamas and singing into a blackened banana while his dad walks by in his underpants.
There is so much to love about this video, and about this kid. I mean yes, the idea of a little kid making these videos is pretty inherently funny, but I find it incredibly sweet above all else.
I love that his parents encourage his interests (he's mentioned they are taking him for music lessons, which is fantastic since he's a total natural!). I love that he seems so unselfconscious and fearless. I love his positivity, and how he gets thrilled when people recognize him in public. I love that he started an "Ask Timmy" segment on his YouTube channel. Why, I even I sent in an "Ask Timmy" question back in March, and he read it!
My question is at 1:06 -- my YouTube name is mrsjennyryan but he mispronounced it. But that's me! ME! Publicly acknowledged by my Internet hero!! It was a pretty proud moment in this household, I'll tell you that much.
You know what else I love about Timmy? The little dude can actually SING! Check out his version of Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory":
There are drunken, wannabe Gagas in karaoke bars worldwide who only wish they could sing half as well as this diminutive superfan. PAWS UP, TIMMY! (") (")
It sucks that some YouTube trolls feel the need to leave comments on his videos, making completely inappropriate and hateful jokes about his sexuality (HE IS 10 YEARS OLD, ASSHOLES!), which I always make sure to mark thumbs-down and counter with my own words. Mostly, though, his commenters are understandably supportive.
I find it so inspiring that after almost a year of posting these videos, Timmy is undeterred by the haters and continues doing what he loves no matter what. It's a lesson I need to be reminded of sometimes, and I'm almost 4x his age! I hope he grows up to sell a zillion records someday.
Lady Gaga not your cup of tea? I'm sorry for you, but you do have some options even if you're not one of her Little Monsters. Here's Timmy's version of Ke$ha's "We Are Who We Are":
He also does a killer "California Gurls," which I like better than the original by Katy Perry!
Am I weird for loving this kid so much? I don't love him in an ironic, jokey way -- my affection for Timmy is true and is borne out of the fact that he just brings the smiles for days.
The little guy has a talent and he pursues it to the max. And no matter how many thousands (in some cases, millions) of hits his videos get, he always appreciates his fans. He even did a poll asking if he should move on to singing into a microphone, or if he should stick with the banana.
Pure class, this kid -- he gives me hope and makes me smile on days when I'm feeling super crappy. May he do the same for you, if you need it!