Meet Mike Massé and Jeff Hall.Two local lawyers (Mike is a retired public defender and Jeff is a prosecutor) who spent their free time playing small gigs around town. Their longest-standing engagement was at the Pie Pizzeria where they performed weekly for 20 years. Someone suggested to them that they should put up videos of their performances on YouTube. Mike did just that. He had a nice little YouTube channel full of live recordings made at Pie Pizzeria. Then everything changed.
Thanks to some generous link sharing and some strangers with a good ear, the videos went viral. I mean really viral. His YouTube channel has had over 30 million views, and their live cover of Toto’s “Africa” is solely responsible for nearly 6 million of them. Thanks to his internet success, Mike was able to realize his dream of becoming a full-time musician, and he is now playing bookings all over the world.
These two are a real inspiration to me. They may look like a couple of dads playing through a mid-life crisis, but the sounds they make together are pure magic.
And I don’t know how they pulled this off with a guitar, a bass, and two singers, but this is the best ABBA cover ever.
I told myself I was going to stick to the live recordings, but this one was so perfect, I couldn’t resist including it. Think of it as an encore.