As many of you have no doubt already heard, there’s been a certain viral video gathering quite a bit of attention in Western Mass. lately.
The title of the video is “413,” and as the name suggests it has more than a little to do with that particular area code. In fact, set to a kinetic beat with a rapper whose flow is filled with references to the region, the video resembles a bona fide tribute of sorts to popular locations throughout the Pioneer Valley including the Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags New England, White Hut and many more.
But who’s the mastermind behind this red-hot creation? Well, that’s where matters begin to get tricky. You see, before I begin, I must first ask myself what hasn’t already been written about the now infamous Dr. Westchesterson?
Since the launch of the “413” music video on April 20 (go ahead, guess why that date was picked), the good doctor from Agawam has been square in the spotlight of the public eye thanks to numerous requests from area media outlets for interviews and coverage regarding his viral sensation. And while revealing little about his true self (god knows there’s a story there) or rarely being seen without his trusty pipe, Westchesterson has appeared time and again online, on television and on the radio to tout his brainchild in all its glory.
Watch the official “413” music video featuring Dr. Westchesterson here:
People, it seems, can’t get enough of videos that feature places they know or live near. Still, there have been some complaints that sections of the Berkshires and elsewhere weren’t represented equally enough in the “413” video. But according to a post on his blog, that’s a problem Dr. Westchesterson says is easily solved.
He writes, “When I read comments on my YouTube channel that certain people in Pittsfield and Greenfield and Holyoke were a little dissapointed that their particular little corners of W. Mass weren't represented in the video- it made me want to do one thing and one thing only. Make another video that includes even MORE gems and hidden treasures of the 413. Like the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke. And the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne. And the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. And the inside of the womens’ only dorms at each of the seven sister schools.”
Heady goals to be sure. But judging from the media frenzy that has greeted his first hyper-localized effort, it may only be a matter of time before Westchesterson makes good on his promises.
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