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Yahoo! The musical!

August 8, 2008

yahoo1.jpgA cursory viewing of “Mamma Mia!” or “Xanadu” is enough to teach anyone that you really can dance your troubles away. Yahoo employees apparently have discovered this too, and engaged Matt Harding to show them how to shuffle off the blues with the old soft-shoe.

Harding is the star of Where the Hell Is Matt, a website that chronicles the hoofer’s travels around the globe as he sets up a camera and dances in a variety of parks, seasides and cities from Sao Paulo to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas — often . He showed up at Yahoo not long ago to teach the gang there what Johnny Cash told us years ago: Get rhythm when you get the blues.

Still, when you want a song to cheer you up, you’d think that a more uptempo number would generally be the thing (Certain media reporters reserve alone time with the Pet Shop Boys for exactly this purpose). (Editor’s note: Not all media reporters here do this.)

Harding’s theme song, by contrast, features lyrics that accentuate the positive — “Stream of Life” by Nobel Prize-winning Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore, but music that struck us at doleful enough to actually be the theme song of Yahoo’s troubles of late with Microsoft Corp and billionaire agitator Carl Icahn.

Then again, who are we to quibble with the tone of the music? At least it’s not “Disintegration.”

(Photo: Reuters)

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