I love flash mobs. I love the spontaneity of a group of people gathering to perform, the energy of a surprise live performance by amateurs, the sheer audacity and pure spirit that comes with occupying a public space and turning it into a stage. While some flash mobs consist of impromptu gatherings of people given instructions via an MP3 recording and instructions via the internet, my favorite flash mobs involve musical performance. Watching flash mobs makes me quiver, and I hope one day to be lucky enough to a) see one and b) perform in one.
Of course these kinds of performances aren't spontaneous. They take weeks of planning, practice and organizing. If you think it's hard just trying to get your friends together for dinner once a month, imagine gathering hundreds of unskilled, untrained strangers and teaching them choreography for a one-off public show.
Good writing is a lot like a flash mob. It looks effortless, spontaneous and authentic, but it took hours of hard labor to get it just right. It captures your attention, entertains you, and afterward, departs as if it was never there, leaving you, the viewer, wondering what just hit you, and why you can't have more right now.
For your entertainment, I present a few of my favorite flash mobs.
Official Seattle Glee Flash Mob Video - Seattle, Westlake
Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)
"one test more" - engineering musical flashmob!
Flash mob at Copenhagen Central Station. Copenhagen Phil playing Ravel's Bolero.
Jamin's Downtown Disney Flashmob Proposal