Spiritual Practice

Cool Whip

Ryan Kussman, 21

The members of Trainlite Politiks (Billy VanAlstine, Tanner Ashby, and me, Ryan Kussman) rap out an original song called “Cool Whip.” The video was filmed in Lafayette, Indiana, where we attended school. At the time, my dad was the youth pastor at a local church; so it was easy to recruit church members and friends, including a police officer and a local soccer team, to join in the fun. The hilarious older adults dancing in the video are my own grandparents. Anyone can learn the upbeat dance.

The video has no direct religious themes; it is simply a celebration of song and dance, using MIDI controllers, percussion backgrounds, and quirky rhymes to create music that’s just plain fun for all ages. It is, in essence, a video created by three friends who love music and who work together for the joy of it.


When others are happy, be happy with them.
Romans 12:15a (CEV)

Let the chorus inspire you to dance for joy
“Do the cool whip, now lean back and snap.
Turn ‘round in a circle, throw up a hand clap.
Punch to the left, slide to the right.
Do the cool whip, you can crank it all night!”

GO VIRAL: Get together with friends and create a video about something you love to do. Upload your “Creative Work” for others to enjoy. Also, consider entering your video in devozine‘s “Go Viral” Video Challenge!

—from devozine (May/June 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.
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