The Song From Those Jim Gaffigan Chrysler Pacifica Commercials

Jim Gaffigan stars (with his own kids) in this campaign for the Chrysler Pacifica. They’re pretty nice, slice of life spots featuring Gaffigan’s insights about parenting and protecting his family. The campaign has a huge number of ads, so I’ve only included a few of them in this post. But what really struck me is that cool song in the background. It’s “A Real Hero” by College & Electric Youth from the soundtrack to Drive. And that great song became even better when I did a bit of research and found out that it was inspired by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot.


State Farm: A Father And His College-Bound Daughter Share A Selfie And A Goodbye

Though I’m closer in life to being dropped off at college rather than dropping off a hypothetical kid at college, this one still hits hard. I’m thinking many new empty nesters will get choked up by this State Farm commercial. The daughter is played by Andrea Ellsworth, and the father is Dan Martin.

Snoop Dogg’s Pocket Like It’s Hot: How Did This Take 8 Years?

Freshman year of college. 2004. A different time and place. Two prevalent aspects of that period were Hot Pockets and Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” Which when combined could lead to the awkward combination of diarrhea and dancing. Anyway, I am absolutely stunned that it took 8 years for “Pocket Like It’s Hot” to come out. Seriously. How did anyone not think of this before?

Target’s College Acceptance Extravaganza

So this new Target commercial featuring elated teenagers reacting to college acceptances reminds me of my own experiences. I applied to a few local colleges in Ohio and some out of state ones. But they were all places that were essentially on my level. I knew I would get into the Ohio schools and the other ones were more of a toss-up, but I wasn’t really surprised when I got acceptance packages everywhere. Getting in was only part of the battle, getting money from the schools was the bigger issue. I’ll just say my reactions were happy, but much more muted. By the way, I ended up going to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Anyway, the commercial. It’s nice, I suppose. I’m sure these kids busted their asses in high school and it’s cool to see them have a moment in the sun. Though the snarky cynic is me has a feeling that they’ll be less excited when the first student loan bill comes in. The song is “Soldier” by Ingrid Michaelson.

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