ROGERS CITY - An Alpena man who works at a Rogers City quarry said he is proud to be part of a music video featuring 50 Michigan cities.
Paul Nolan is one of many to have a bit part in the video, sponsored by Pure Michigan, he said. He was asked while driving to work at Carmeuse Lime and Stone's Calcite Operations, where he works as a machinist. Moments later, he sang his six-word contribution to a Michigan-themed song in a handful of takes, all while standing atop the plant's 12-story screen house.
"It was really quick," he said. "They were in a hurry, though. They had just left Marquette and were heading down (to Rogers City) to do this."
From there, the crew told Nolan they were headed to Gaylord, then to Grayling, and would end the day in the Detroit area, he said.
"The next thing I know, it's on YouTube, and all my friends and family have seen it," he said.
The audience at Ford Field saw the video, including its glimpse of Nolan clad in his goggles, hard hat and high-visibility vest, at the halftime of a Sept. 9 Detroit Lions game, he said.
The video had attracted a city's-worth of views - approaching two million, according to Nolan - before it was removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim.
For now, the video has apparently disappeared from the Internet. A Sept. 9 entry in Pure Michigan's blog has a link to the video, but don't expect to see and hear the 3-minute, 44-second video after hitting play. As of Monday afternoon, a message stating the video is unavailable due to the copyright claim of a publishing company appears instead.
Prior to this turn of events, the video had been viewed 1.8 million times and counting, Nolan said. He had no idea the video was so popular until his oldest son, also named Paul, told him about it Thursday night.
Nolan was also proud of his part in the video, albeit small, he said. He was picked by his foreman because of his musical background.
"I've been playing a guitar and singing for many years," he said. "It's my hobby, and song writing is my hobby. I've played in many different bands, too many to list, all over Michigan."
Music is a hobby Nolan is now happy to share with two of his four sons, he said.
Nolan is somewhat disappointed about the video being taken down, he said. Before its removal, he thought it might be something his kids and their kids could watch for years to come.
"Hopefully, they'll get it straightened away, get it put back up," he said.
However, if a deal can't be reached, Nolan is satisfied with having his "month of notoriety," he said.
"I wasn't expecting anything out of it, anyway," he said. "It's not a big deal to me, anyway. It was fun while it lasted."
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