MINNEAPOLIS — Alex Frecon was tired of explaining.
A proud native of the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, Frecon, who currently lives in Minneapolis, moved away in 2005 to attend Connecticut College in New London, Conn.
Naturally, Frecon's state of origin would frequently be a topic of conversation among his fellow college peers, who primarily resided from coastal concrete jungles such as Boston, New York City and Los Angeles.
"I'm from Minnesota," Frecon would tell them.
Then came the questions. Like, a lot of questions.
"Minnesota?! Are there bears there?"
"Do you own a snowmobile?"
"Are there big cities there?"
"Do you know Paul Bunyan?"
"Have you ever seen the movie 'Fargo'?"
Growing restless and a bit annoyed of being treated similarly to an alien from outer space, Frecon recently decided to address it all in a newly released song titled, "I'm From Minnesota (The Minnesota Anthem)."
"They literally thought I was from this crazy arctic tundra," said Frecon, who admitted that that notion isn't overly far-fetched. "That always struck me as hilarious, so wherever I've gone I've taken pride in repping Minnesota for whatever it is — a really normal place filled with cool stuff and people."
Frecon's Minnesota Anthem is precisely that.
The music video features some of the finest must-see sights and scenes that Minnesota has to offer, such as the Duluth Pier, Rush City's world's largest walleye statue, the Minneapolis skyline and the shores of Lake Minnetonka, just to name a few.
Frecon, with the help of his friend Eric Stolhanske, was even able to include a cameo of former Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau. Morneau, who is Canadian, plays a comedic role riding shotgun in a vehicle driven by Frecon. Near the end of the video, Morneau can be seen chugging a bottle of maple syrup.
"(Morneau) was a lot of fun to work with," Frecon said. "Super nice guy, great sense of humor."
When he's not producing hit songs on YouTube, Frecon is working as a writer for Solve, a Minneapolis advertising agency, where he has worked for the past six years.
In February 2016, Frecon produced and starred in his original smash YouTube hit "Cake Eater Anthem," a spoof on the posh Twin Cities suburb of Edina. The video, which was presented by "Game On! Minnesota," has nearly 250,000 views on YouTube.
"I've always liked the idea of storytelling and using different mediums to try and connect with people," Frecon said. "Music has always been a passion of mine, so while I love telling stories of all kinds, I tend to defer to music.
To watch the full music video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=H31bBU4EL44.