It’searly. An hour at which no one should be awake and moving except paperboys
and roosters. I’m lying in a small bed with my 3 year old Little Dude and
the invisible flu bug he brought home from preschool, which he kindly and
unintentionally shared with me.
He's tired, hot and achy but doesn't know how to
express what his body is feeling. Facing each other, I notice he’s grasping one
of his beloved Hot Wheels tightly in each hand. For strength or comfort, they
are with him. As am I. I subtly turn on the white noise machine again, hoping
it will coax a few more minutes of sleep out of him for his weary body. And
mine, as well. I’ve gotten used to running on empty, but doing so while
fighting off illness is a different battle. Another hour of sleep right now would
be better than winning the lottery. And I could really use the money.
As the sound of artificial waves crashing upon a
distant artificial beach repeats, I pick up my iPhone and sigh as I look at the
ridiculously low numbers its clock is displaying. It'ssoearlythat my
friends 3 hours ahead on the East Coast haven’t yet begun sharing their pictures
of omelets or tales of getting stuck in traffic on Facebook to entertain me.
Resting our stuffy heads on fluffy adjoining
pillows, I hope that the source of the flu was at least fun for him while being
an evil conduit. Was it the swings on the playground or the school’s lunchroom?
Or the grocery store cart’s handle? We’ll never know.
Though I hope for more rest, as I was just up feeding
his newborn brother an hour ago, I knowit'sunlikely any
time in the foreseeable future. As my eyelids bounce heavily, simultaneously trying
to sleep and stay awake, I feel something rolling up slowly up my neck like a
tarantula in a bad horror movie would. Thankfully it’s only a Hot Wheels
monster truck cruising before parking on my congested scalp.
I put down my iPhone, as it needs rest too, and
watch my son. He looks at me as we cough together.
Last week marked the 86th birthday of Calypso
legend Harry Belafonte. In a career-spanning more than 6 decades, Belafonte has
become well known for music, acting, activism and more. And of all those
things, he is probably best known for what is this week’s Rockin Friday
The Banana Boat Song is
a traditional Carribean folk song, sung from the point of view of workers who’ve
been picking the long yellow fruit all night and now want a reprieve. Known for
its classic “Day-O” refrain, The Banana
Boat Song has become probably the best known Calypso-style song today. The call-and-response parts of the song make it especially catchy for kids of all ages.
Belafonte’s version, originally recorded in 1956, is the
best known version of the song which has been covered countless times. Many Gen
Xers remember it from the classic dinner scene in Beetlejuice. However you know it, when you hear it, it likely makes
you want to grab a drink with an umbrella in it and kick back, Mon.
Here's a great version of Day-O with some special furry friends:
This week’s Rockin’ Friday tune is considered by some to be
one of the earliest and most influential songs in rock n roll history. Little
Richard wrote and recorded Tutti Frutti
in 1955 and it quickly became his first big hit and brought his high pompadour
hair and even higher falsetto voice national prominence.
With its opening line patterned after a drum solo in Little
Richard’s head Tutti Frutti changed the
course of rock with the famous line "A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom!"
With simple lyrics about crushes named Sue and Daisy, Richard pounded his piano
to come up with a truly memorable rock classic. And that is compounded in high
energy with the “Tutti Frutti, Oh Rudy!” chorus that is repeated several times
in the songs brief 2 ½ minutes.
This is a great kids' song because of the high energy involved and wonderfully catchy lyrics. My Little Dude loves listening to it in the car when I drive him to school. And I know it gets him energized for some high level playing once he gets there.
Covered countless times over the last nearly 60 years, famous
versions have been recorded by artists as diverse as Queen and Pat Boone. Oh
Here's a great version from the opening of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in 1995, featuring Little Richard and an all-star backup band featuring, among others, Booker T. & the MGs: