Fallon Showcases Brian Williams’ Mad Skillz!

Brian Williams on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (photo courtesy NBC)

Brian Williams on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (photo courtesy NBC)

Jimmy Fallon is at it again! Famous for his comedic tributes to music with skits like the History of Rap with Justin Timberlake and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith, Jimmy has also featured NBC Nightly News’ very own Brian Williams in a series of re-mixed news broadcasts set to popular hip-hop tracks. Thanks to Fallon’s tech-wizards on Monday night (4/21) Williams was laid back, sippin’ on “Gin and Juice.”

While Williams is highly respected as a news journalist, the thing about pop-culture is that you also become famous for whatever the pubic decides you’re famous for. “It’s all anyone mentions to me anymore,” he told Fallon in an interview Monday night on the Tonight Show. According to Williams, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. approached him at a New York Rangers game and informed him that he, Williams, was now a “huge figure in the rap and hip-hop community.”

The Snoop Dogg remix is only the most recent in what has become an ongoing series featuring “B-Dubs,” one of the many nicknames Fallon has given to the prolific news man. Among others, Williams has also covered Sugar Hill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight” (with an assist by fellow anchor Lester Holt) and “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

I love how Fallon regularly mixes music with comedy. Not only are the skits funny as hell, but they also help to pique interest in various music genres and remind people that yesterday’s music was pretty dang awesome!

Finding That Silver Lining Through Karaoke

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This is the time of year for those “post-Christmas blues.” The holidays have come and gone, the weather is cold and forbidding, and looking at your post-holiday bank statement has left you feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck! Many people who deal with depression are hit pretty hard in the winter months as the come-down from the excitement of the holidays mixes with cold weather and overcast skies. But there are ways to fight through the winter “blahs,” and music can be a major factor!

In a study released in 2012 by the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, researchers found that the actual act of singing releases endorphins. These are the same chemical compounds released by the brain that result in a temporary “high” after an intense bike ride, yoga class, or weight-training session. Researchers found that this release of endorphins was much greater in those subjects who actually performed musically rather than those who simply listened to music passively. That’s right; singing literally makes you feel good!

So get off your couch, crank up the music, and belt it out at the top of your lungs! Who cares how you sound? You’re not trying to win a Grammy, you’re living life to the fullest and tracking down that silver lining!