Australian-Born Composer Creates Song About Queens
During the U.S. Open, all eyes are on Queens. So a local composer thought it was a great time to unveil his new song about the borough and celebrate its global status. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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When it comes to being a New Yorker, Australian-born Michael Ress always has something to sing about.
Under the unisphere, Ress unveiled his new song "Hello Queens," which pays tribute to the most diverse place on the planet.
"What's truly special about Queens, it's the entire world is in Queens," Ress says. "It's literally 138 languages, 100 different cultures all living in peace and harmony right here."
A lot of us love New York. Many have even sung about it. But no one has done what Ress is doing: writing a song for each borough.
First, he did "I love Manhattan," then "The Brooklyn Boogie." Now, it's "Hello Queens." And he's already thinking ahead to the Bronx and Staten Island.
There's no doubt that New York is the greatest place on the entire earth and what makes it great is all five boroughs so everyone deserves their turn," he said.
For "Hello Queens," Ress decided to film the music video under the globe with kids singing and dancing about the borough and representing their own heritage.
And Ress showed off his Aussie roots.
"I'm wearing the proud Australian flag. It's the Union Jack with the southern stars only seen from the Southern hemisphere," he said. "And of course, how do you say hello in Australia? G'day mate."
Let's face it. When you're in Queens, you've got the whole world in your hands.
To listen to all of Michael Ress's songs, you can visit his Youtube channel.