I would have never found out about Frank if it wasn’t for YouTube’s recommendations. One of the rare times I can thank the algorithm rather than bemoan it.
Just take a moment and listen to how he covers Death Cab for Cutie’s I’ll Follow You.
It’s haunting. I don’t know how old he is, maybe in his 60’s? 70’s? But it’s enough of a life to give completely different meaning to those words then when Ben Gibbard sang it at 29. I personally thought maybe he’s a widower, but in later videos he mentioned his wife.
He has many subscribers, but I think it’s only happened in the last few months. Look back at his videos and most of them have a few thousands views. I think he’s as surprised as I am to have found him through a viral video.
I’m inspired to see how he’s kept making these for years and years. You can’t do this for this long if you don’t enjoy the process, and I think years is what it takes in order to see the fruits of his labor we see now.
As I’m writing this the Death Cab for Cutie video has 700,000+ views. It should be the prized possession by all accounts right? He should be milking it and making the most of it by telling people to watch it.
Nope, not for Frank.
He rerecorded the cover because he got a new mic and people asked him to redo it.
The last lesson I’m learning from Frank is that it’s never too late. There’s something about how he started this later in life where he comes to it with such authenticity. His titles or descriptions aren’t cleverly done with the YouTube’s best practices. It’s a diary, an honest, simple, and endearing trail of this man’s love for music.
If you aren’t endeared to Frank after watching his cover, watch this “ramble” he goes on and you’ll want to hug him.