Recorded in October 2006 in Miami, Florida while recording the Transcendence album All Your Heroes Become Villains, the two-part “Happy Columbus Day” monologue video by Ed Hale was one of the very first videos posted to the YouTube channel TranscendentTV. Since that time, Hale posted over one-hundred and twenty videos of a wide variety of content to YouTube in a little more than half a year citing it as a cultural experiment. Often misunderstood, the controversial video is straight-faced, biting, sarcastic, and entirely tongue and cheek the singer claims. Happy hunting and happy Columbus Day!
“The problem was how to celebrate New Years Eve respectfully with all of the recent violence, turmoil, and humanitarian crises happening around the world, especially the brutal battle going on in Gaza and Palestine. To do the usual party to party scene all night just didn’t seem appropriate at the time considering… the idea just grew from there… from that original thought… Then it just came down to if we had the energy and the commitment to really do something. That’s what it always comes down to isn’t it? The idea was how much can we do if we focus 110% on peace in the world for four solid days and nights? That was the question.”
Ed Hale just returned from a two week homebuilding trip to Akra in Ghana in West Africa with Habitat for Humanity. The team he was a part of built three full houses. He also visited the former “slave castles” on the coast. “The building was brutal. The sun was scorching hot. The slave castles were dark shocking and horrifying. I didn’t go in. We are f**king animals,” Hale said about the trip. He created a Transcendent Television series of video shorts about the trip on YouTube which can be viewed below.