First came an introduction to David DiMuzio’s best original songs (click here if you missed it); then came a list of the best English covers by DiMuzio (click here if you missed it). Now the Little Rock Pop Culture Examiner turns to DiMuzio’s YouTube videos. He is, after all, a self-described YouTuber as well as an actively touring and recording singer-songwriter.
DiMuzio has fifteen different playlists on his official YouTube channel, and (not surprisingly) they are eclectic. For example, one playlist features the world’s most popular Chinese songs (Chinese being merely one of the six languages he speaks and performs in); another is a blog playlist that features miscellaneous experiences the globe-trotter has had; and a third includes his free vocal lessons for the world.
The videos he has posted since he joined YouTube in October 2006 have gained his channel more than 100,000 followers and have earned more than 34,000,000 views.
Trying to create, say, a top ten list of all of DiMuzio’s YouTube videos would be nearly impossible since there are so many and since they are so varied, so this list will focus only on the music videos, which are being rated not only for the music but for the video itself–the visual aspect. In other words, if you were to put your speakers on mute, which ones would still tell the best stories? In this writer’s opinion, it would be the following:
The refreshing thing about YouTubers: they support each other. DiMuzio does his fair share by often teaming up with fellow YouTubers. Case in point: his duet of this Bisayan song with Hawaiian sensation and fellow Filipino/Tagalog cover singer Jeff James.
Wicked‘s signature song gets all rocked up in DiMuzio’s version as the world-class Pinoy yoyoist Joshua Rafael Davis works his magic and DiMuzio stands atop a tall building under an expansive sky and makes us feel like he is in fact going to play Superman and close his eyes and leap. Added bonus: DiMuzio’s world-class juggling on display.
Die on Stage
Even though this is the simplest of the videos on the list–DiMuzio sits on stage alone in an auditorium and sings and plays acoustic guitar to the empty seats–it is perhaps the most profound and is this writer’s personal favorite in both song and video.
A collaboration between DiMuzio and Filipino Canadian Mikey Bustos, who is both the Filipino version of Weird Al Yankovic and a “serious” singer whose golden voice rivals DiMuzio’s yet perfectly compliments it. The two have made several videos together, and of all DiMuzio’s duets, the ones with Bustos are, in this writer’s opinion, the best.
I Don’t Wanna Do Anything Else
A cute plot with amazing cinematography that juxtaposes the heartbreak of the lyrics. It almost makes one not want to do anything else but hole up in a dark room somewhere and listen to DiMuzio’s haunting voice.
(I’ll Do Anything) Para Sa’yo
For one of DiMuzio’s popular Taglish songs, this is another light-hearted video that showcases DiMuzio’s physicality (he can balance a spoon on his nose and do gymnastics too?). Of course, the candlelit dinner at the end with the beautiful island of Panay in the Philippines as a backdrop serves as a perfect apology, but in reality, he probably wouldn’t have to go any further than the boyish grin at the elevator.
Kung Ako Na Lang Sana (If You Gave Me Your Love)
The link above will take you to the English version, but the Filipino version in which DiMuzio again teams up with Jeff James and which tells its own interesting story is also available. This writer prefers the English-version video, however, because it features another of her favorites, Moymoy Palaboy’s Roadfill, i.e. Rodfil Obeso, as well as Portuguese-Chinese-Filipino-American Steven Silva, and it is downright funny.
Light Surrounding You
DiMuzio wrote the song and directed, filmed, and edited this video for a good cause, Liter of Light. It includes precious Filipino children (and Mikey Bustos and Roadfill too!). What’s not to like?
Never Gonna Make You Cry
Another picture-perfect travel brochure/postcard for the Philippines (this time on the island of Cebu). And the sweet, sensitive guy singing the song isn’t bad either.
What It Takes to Fly
Just one question: where is DiMuzio’s skateboard when he really needs it?
To learn more about David DiMuzio or to see more of his videos, find him on YouTube or Facebook, or visit his website.