Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Call And Response
I keep hearing the horrid song, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" everywhere I go. I heard it a lot as a child and the new regime started at my dear Angela's wedding where the guests analyzed the lyrics after downing some relatively weak Mexican beer. So the conversation was still coherent if a bit confusing. A big part of the debate involved the call and response section of the song, "Granny does your dog bite?/ No, child, no." We danced to the song at the end of the wedding, something I remember not as well given that it was late and the world was spinning along with me under the stars in a black bridesmaid's dress. I've only been a bridesmaid once and this was my chance to do it right. This means staying sober the week before the event and drinking like an Irish dockworker after.
The other day, I saw a group of children dance to this song in a building used as a church most of the time. It made me laugh, particularly the dance of the demons. But I guess it was fitting -- ultimately the devil loses the fiddle contest and is forced to depart with "a violin of gold." I brought a book to read during the dull parts of the recital as I always do and realized too late that Columbine, the book about the school shooting, with the terrific bleak cover and big block letters might not have been the best choice. There was also a song about an "evil clown" and one of the girls made evil clown motions around her face. This was worth the price of admission. I laughed as I thought of our discussion about the Devil lyrics. Why is granny being asked if her dog bites at this point? How come the dance of the demons wasn't that great in the end? What the hell happened to the prize fiddle? Next time I hear it which I suspect will be very soon given my luck, I'll figure it all out.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Food to the indolent is poison, not sustenance." Frederick Douglass
Drinking suggestion: Working on a rum concoction as we speak. Thanks to Mark for the ultimate Detroit cocktail! That will be in a video very soon.
Benedictions and Maledictions