Be Our Valentine: YouTube Sweetheart Kina Grannis’ Best Videos

Surely you’ve been living under the modern equivalent of a rock – i.e. without internet – if the next sentence makes no sense to you. YouTube sweetheart Kina Grannis is coming to Taiwan to perform her first ever concert in Taipei on Friday September 18. Grannis is American guitarist and singer-songwriter. With more than one million subscribers and 150 million views, she is one of YouTube’s most popular personalities. She is half Japanese and half European American. YouTubers Imaginary Future (Grannis’ husband) and Gentle Bones from Singapore will make guest appearances. The concert is part of the Grannis’ Elements tour, named after her second studio album of the same name.

In preparation for her concert, let’s take a look back at some of the YouTube sensation’s best videos:

要是你讀了下段文字覺得有點搞不清楚這是怎麼回事那你顯然是還活在摩登石器時代–沒有網路的世界。「YouTube 甜心」綺娜‧葛蘭妮絲將於九月十八日(星期五)在台北舉辦她在台灣首場演唱會。葛蘭妮絲是一位美國吉他手以及詞曲創作、演唱者。她的YouTube頻道擁有超過100萬訂閱者,點閱次數超過150萬,可以說是YouTube上最受歡迎的人物之一。除此之外,她也是一位日歐混血的亞裔美國人。葛蘭妮絲的老公,也就是Imaginary Future,以及來自新加坡的Gentle Bones 將擔任演唱會嘉賓。 這場演唱會是葛蘭妮絲「元素」(Elements) 世界巡迴演出的一部分, 也是以專輯名稱命名活動名稱。

讓我們一起回顧一些她曾在Youtube上造成轟動的創作,為這場演唱會做做暖身:

“Valentine” – Kina Grannis (2010)

Grannis shot to mainstream fame with her single “Valentine” from her third album, Stairwells, released in 2010. The single was played on BBC Radio 2, and the cute video was directed by viral video director Ross Ching has since been viewed almost 19 million times on YouTube.

葛蘭妮絲以一曲收錄於她第三張專輯《樓梯間》(Stairwells, 2010) 的「情人」(Valentine) 聲名大噪。這首歌曲在BBC Radio 2上播送,而其由知名導演Ross Ching執導的可愛影片也累積了將近1900萬的YouTube點閱次數。

“In Your Arms” – Kina Grannis (2011)

It may be hard to believe, but this adorably creative video is completely real and not green-screened. Using a total of 288,000 jellybeans to create 2,460 frames, the entire undertaking took 1,357 hours to complete. It has received well over 10 million views since then, accumulating more than one million in the first three days. Grannis made an appearance on The Ellen Show to discuss the video and perform the song. Grannis also documented the fascinating, almost two-year process in a behind-the-scenes video, explaining how each frame was made, shot and animated, as well as the crazy process of making a life-size plaster mould of herself.

或許很難相信這個充滿巧思的影片竟是完全實景拍攝。整體拍攝過程花了足足1,357小時,並使用多達288,000顆雷根糖來構成2,460個畫面。這支影片在剛推出的三天內就已擁有超過100萬的點閱次數,至今更已累積超越1000萬次。葛蘭妮絲在艾倫秀中現身談到這首歌的演唱以及影音製作,她也以影片形式記錄了這近乎兩年令人著迷的拍攝,解釋每一個畫面的構圖、拍攝以及製成動畫的流程,更呈現了製作她個人真實比例石膏像的瘋狂過程。

“The Last” – short film by Wong Fu Productions

Before they graduated onto making movies, Wong Fu Productions shot YouTube videos, lots of them. “The Last” is one of their most famous shorts, starring Grannis and Harry Shum Jr. from the TV show Glee. It’s a romantic yet bittersweet piece – Wong Fu at its finest. Grannis also makes an appearance in the Wong Fu series Funemployed.

在從投入電影製作產業之前,Wong Fu製作拍攝大量YouTube影片。「The Last」是他們最有名的短片之一,由葛蘭妮絲以及美國電視音樂劇《歡樂合唱團》裡的岑勇康主演。這是一部苦中帶甜的浪漫微電影,也是旺福製作最受歡迎的作品。此外,葛蘭妮絲也在Wong Fu製作拍攝的《失業快樂族》系列影集中軋了一角。 

“Royals” – Lorde cover featuring Fresh Big Mouf

She’s covered everything from Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” to The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather”, but Grannis’ cover of Lorde’s “Royals” is a true stand out amongst her many cover videos. Working with fellow YouTuber Fresh Big Mouf – who makes beats out of the only sounds he finds at a location – the video was shot in a subway station, with Fresh Big Mouf alternatively tapping and slapping on metal doors to recreate the background music. The two also collaborated in her cover of Pharrell’s “Happy”, using ‘natural’ sound from Los Angeles’ Santa Monica beach.

葛蘭妮絲翻唱了各種作品,從傑森‧瑪耶茲的「我是你的」芳鄰樂團的「毛衣天氣」都曾有所嘗試,但其中脫穎而出的是「皇族」(這首歌原唱為女歌手蘿德)。與葛蘭妮絲合作的表演者Fresh Big Mouf能夠就地取材製造出節奏,這部影片是在一個地下鐵車站拍攝的,影片中,Fresh Big Mouf 交替地拍擊不同金屬門來產生背景音樂。兩人亦在葛蘭妮絲翻唱菲瑞爾「快樂」的影片中,融入了洛杉磯聖塔莫尼卡海灘的自然聲響。

“Dear River” – Kina Grannis (2014)

Expect to hear this upbeat, soulful, ‘sonically organic’ track from Grannis’ latest and sophomore studio album Elements at her Taipei concert. On its release day, Elements hit #2 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart and #1 on iTunes Canada. Also be sure to give “The Fire” and “My Own” a watch/listen, the former is her first single from Elements, and the latter features appearances and the harmonizing vocals of Kina’s sisters Misa and Emi.

敬請期待在葛蘭妮絲台北的演唱會中聽到葛蘭妮絲由薩佛摩工作室發行的最新專輯《元素》中這首活潑深情又清新的歌曲。在發行當日,《元素》就勇奪iTunes歌手歌曲創作排行榜第二名以及加拿大iTunes榜第一名。也別忘了聽聽「愛火」「我自己」兩首作品,前者是《元素》專輯中的單曲,後者則可於影音中欣賞到綺娜的姊妹─米薩和艾咪的身影以及合音。

“Fast Car” – Tracy Chapman cover by Boyce Avenue and Kina Grannis (2011)

A beautiful YouTube collaboration and rendition of Tracy Chapman’s hit by Boyce Avenue and Grannis, who also collaborated on an acoustic version of “With or Without You”, originally performed by U2.

這是一首崔西‧夏普曼作品,由波伊絲‧艾維紐及葛蘭妮絲絕美合作演出,此外葛蘭妮絲也以吉他演繹U2原唱的「你在,不在」一曲。

Phil Wang Teaches Kina Mandarin (2015)

And finally, a bonus video just for fun – Phil Wang from Wong Fu teaching Grannis how to say a few phrases in Mandarin in preparation for her Taipei concert, and it’s all kinds of adorable. Kina, we’re so glad we’ll see you soon too!

最後,同場加映一段有趣影音─為了綺娜在台北的演唱會,Wong Fu製作的菲爾正在教她一些中文句子,這過程實在太可愛了! 綺娜,我們很慶幸就要和你見面啦!

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