This Is Why The Internet Is Great

A college kid named Molly (aka sweetafton23) buys a ukulele with flowers on it and posts videos to YouTube of her playing various songs on it. On April 8, she posts a video of her playing “Still Alive”, Jonathan Coulton’s song for the end credits of Portal.

A blog named Infinite Lives realizes that Molly isn’t the only ukulele player covering “Still Alive” on YouTube, and posts about it. The other guy is a British comic who is quite good on the instrument, but Molly wins out in the charm department.

A blog named Wonderland, which is interested in odd renditions of video game songs, finds the Infinite Lives post and forwards it to Cory Doctorow, who posts a link to it on the zine-cum-blog he co-edits, Boing Boing.

Half the Internet reads Boing Boing, of course, so a lot of people discovered Molly yesterday (including me). Not being idiots, the new Molly fans find her Twitter account (@Molly23) and start following her (including me).

Yesterday afternoon, Molly tweets “6 new followers today. Where are you guys coming from?” to which someone (probably more than one someone, including me) points her to Boing Boing. Molly was, prior to yesterday, a member of the half of the Internet which did not read Boing Boing.

So Molly posts a vlog post on YouTube, wearing a “As Seen On YouTube” T-shirt, addressing her 15 minutes of Boing Boing fame, among other things. “There’s a finite number of songs I’m capable of playing, but there are no bounds to how interesting I am.”

Molly doesn’t sell any music, although she has some very good original compositions in the geek soft rock vein, and has performed “Tom Cruise Crazy” on stage with Jonathan Coulton himself. She blames her lack of online productivity on being in college and not having enough time, but I seem to recall that I had an awful lot of discretionary time while in college (including film school where film shoots and post production had to be fit in around a full-time class schedule). The iron is hot. Molly should at lest put MP3s of her original songs on her blog and put in a PayPal tip jar. Might help pay for whatever college she’s attending.

She’s talented, has a nice gimmick, and is a joy to watch, so even if it takes a couple years for her to start marketing her music seriously, she can count on a fanbase eager for it, even if it takes another convoluted trip through blogland to build the buzz.


  1. James
    Posted 18 September 2008 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs at I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.

  2. Posted 18 September 2008 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks, James! Don’t know how they created the list, but this blog is definitely in there.

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