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Bridge implosion inspires song

"Tanner said, 'Let's upload it.' Within two days it had 900 views."

Word of the video quickly spread as friends passed along the link via e-mail. As of Dec 29, the video had over 10,000 hits on YouTube. It has since been played on some area radio stations.

"Champ 101.3 was playing it and they joked that it sounds like a guy in his livingroom with a cassette tape," said Arnold. "That was the beauty of it; that it was kind of loose and silly."

With the song receiving so much attention, Arnold and his friends decided to take their performance to Bulwagga Bay the morning of Dec. 28 as the bridge was being demolished.

"The people said, 'At least someone has something to entertain us,'" Arnold recalled, noting how poor visibility made the implosion a lackluster show. "A lot of them knew the words."

Arnold also serves as tax assessor for the town of AuSable, runs Arnold's Grocery and Likker Lokker, and dabbles in visual art as a hobby. He said he doesn't have much in the way of future plans for the song, though many people have encouraged him to keep revising and performing it.

"I don't have any delusions of grandeur about this," he said, attributing the song's popularity to its timeliness. "I've got other things I need to do."

To view Arnolds song on the Web, visit www.youtube.com/user/tjkcivic or the direct link at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNLMg6_JCGM.

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