Spicy!

RDP Thursday: OOZE

When millions of Americans ( or nearly 67% of households that had  television sets )  tuned into I Love Lucy, most of them probably didn’t realize that Ricky Ricardo’s signature song was a tribute to an Afro-Cuban god.

“Babalu,” written by Cuban composer Margarita Lecuona, is about Babalu-Aye, one of the seven main gods of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria. It was first recorded by Cuban vocalist Miguelito Valdes in 1941.

Interesting factoids aside, may I say Desi Arnaz oozes serious moves from every pore in his body in this clip- the ending is ahem.

Wow.

 

The Bee’s Knees

Over the weekend I watched the Ghostbusters ” Afterlife “and it was

THE BEE’S KNEES

Yes it was worth the wait ( I didn’t go to the theater to watch it because the Theatres where I live SUCK ) and yes I thought it was great storytelling and no I didn’t look for spoilers before I watched it.

So I was ready to love it and then there in the soundtrack was one of my FAVORITE songs- I actually used to skip rope to it with my friends, but that’s another story. When I heard this song I just KNEW I was going to have a good time and I did.

One more thing-

30 years later and Ernie Hudson- YOWZAH- I mean, there’s an interview with the original and cast from ” Afterlife” at the end of this post.

Three, six, nine, the goose drank wine
The monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
They all went to heaven in a little row-boat

Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Slap

Clap-Pat: Clap your hand, pat it on your partner’s hand (right hand)
Clap-Pat: Clap your hand, cross it with your left arm, pat your partner’s left palm
Clap-Pat: Clap your hand, pat your partner’s right palm with your right palm again
Clap-Slap: Clap your hands, slap your thighs, and sing a little song; go:

My mother told me
If I was good-ee
That she would buy me
A rubber dolly

My aunty told her
I kissed a soldier
Now she won’t buy me
A rubber dolly

Three, six, nine, the goose drank wine
The monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
They all went to heaven in a little row-boat

Clap-clap: Clap you hands and prepare to pat
Pat: Take your right arm pat your partner’s right palm with your right palm
Clap: Take your hands back and clap

Pat: Take you right arm cross your right arm with your left arm pat your partner’s left palm with your left palm
Clap: Take your hands back and clap
Pat: Take your right arm cros your left arm and pat your partner’s right palm with your right palm
Clap: Now back, with a clap
Take the flats of your palms and slap your thighs and watch the fun materialize as you sing this little song:

My mother told me
If I was good-ee
That she would buy me
A rubber dolly

My aunty told her
I kissed a soldier
Now she won’t buy me
A rubber dolly

Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Slap

Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Slap

The Surprise

RDP Tuesday: READY

Heironymus Bosch

I am ready for anything-

go ahead

throw me another plague

another faithless and treacherous lover

another bad knee

take another loved one to their grave

Go ahead

hit me!

Go on-

I. Am. Ready.

And then the call came

and she asked me

” Lola, we’re going to Disney on Ice- right? “

Yes we are

I told my Granddaughter

and she was so excited she dropped the phone

and I could hear her laughing -” Lola and her airplane

are going to be here soon!”

and my heart broke apart into a billion stars

and set my soul ablaze.

In case you’re wondering

that feels fantastic and

I was not ready for that feeling.

Not ready at all.