October 23, 2009

I didn’t get a comment on the last post, very rare. That’s cool though, it means a Friday free for all. I can write about whatever I want to write about.

First, here is a clip from my interview with Hal Donaldson. Hal is the founder of Convoy of Hope, an international aid organization based out of Springfield. He is a really interesting guy. He was on in February.

Here is what I wanted to talk about today. I was watching the hit new show, Glee, the other nigh…shut up, it’s good. I’m not even a musical theatre guy at all. It’s funny and entertaining. I don’t have to explain myself. Be quiet. Anyway, they did a version of Young MC’s hit ‘Bust a Move.’ That of course is a classic song. I danced a lot to that song at junior high dances. And by dance I mean I stood next to the donated canned foods being scared of girls. However I’ve got a little bit of a problem with some of the lyrics, they point to a really dysfunctional friendship. I will proceed towards the end of the song. 

 

Your best friend Harry has a brother Larry
In five days from now he’s gonna marry
He’s hopin you can make it there if you can
Cause in the ceremony you’ll be the best man


So, to get this straight, the main character (you) has a best friend named Harry. Nothing wrong with that. Harry has a brother, Larry. Nothing wrong with that, except questionable naming by their parents, we can only assume are named Mary and Gary. Larry is getting married and he is such a loser, with no friends, that he is asking his brother’s best friend to be the best man in his wedding. What? Why isn’t Harry the best man? Do they not get along enough to the point that Larry will ask Harry’s best friend to be the best man? How does Harry feel about this? What must it be like for him to pass along the request to you? Maybe they are half brothers or something.

Not only is Larry a loser, he is the biggest procrastinator in the history of the world. On Tuesday he is just getting his best man lined up for Saturday? Did he ask other people and they turned him down? I’m sure the bride got all her stuff figured out months ago. Months. She has to be upset and questioning her decision for life. Later in life Larry may say something like, “Hey, we should have kids…next week.” Larry is a tool. You say ‘yes’.’ Good for you, you are a sympathetic friend of a brother.
You say neat-o, check your libido
And roll to the church in your new tuxedo
The bride walks down just to start the wedding
And there’s one more girl you won’t be getting


New tuxedo? Larry, the complete idiot, is making you buy your own tux? You know the next wedding you’re in you’ll be upset, because you have a tux, but it is different than the other tuxes so you’ll have to rent a tux as well because your good for nothing friend’s brother made you buy a tuxedo. Are there other occasions to wear a tux? No. Good reasoning though about showing some restraint toward the bride.
So you start thinkin then you start blinking
The bridesmaid looks and thinks that you’re winking
She thinks your kinda cute so she winks back
And now your feelin really firm cause the girl is stacked


Because you have a mild form of tourette’s that expresses itself in inopportune blinking, the bridesmaid is under the impression that you are winking at her. Smooth. You find her attractive. Cool.
Reception’s jumpin faces pumpin
You look at the girl and your heart starts thumpin
Says she wants to dance to a different groove
Now you know what to do just bust a move


Congrats. Even though you are at a terd of a guy’s wedding reception you are finding some fun. Good for you. Larry is probably hitting on his cousin from out of state. She’s the one he took to prom his senior year because he forgot to ask anyone until two days before the dance. She claimed to be popular at her school. This is wholly unvalidated. Your new date wants to dance to a different groove because the moron, Larry, got his high school friend’s band, Van Hailing, to play the reception. You know what to do…Bust A Move.

Next prompt: Where does your furthest away sibling live?

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About jeffhoughton

I'm a sometimes writer, actor, comedian and an all the time adventurer.

6 responses »

  1. Dan says:

    My furthest away sibling lives 3.6 miles away. My sister. I was just there last night, and I ate chili and cornbread. And I watched the Thursday night line-up. And after that watched “18 Kids and Counting!”….disturbing show.

  2. Amanda says:

    My furthest sibling lives 7.5 miles away. My brother. He still lives with our parents. Actually, he moved out for a few years, but now he’s living with them again. He works at Finnegan’s Wake, which I think is a pretty cool job for a 22-year-old.

  3. habitgirl says:

    I’m an only child, but my family once hosted a foreign exchange student. The day before she left to go back home she gave me one of those necklaces with half a heart (and she had the corresponding other half) that says “sisters” on it. Well, mine actually only says “Sis,” but you know what I mean. She lives in Lima, Peru. Which, according to the www is 3,566 miles away.

  4. Shanners says:

    Love your interpretation of “Bust a Move” 🙂

    I have two sibs who live relatively far away – one in FL., the other in UT. I’m not sure which is farther away. All the rest are between here and KC.

  5. I appreciate this character analysis in “Bust a Move”. Could there be more breakdown of other popular songs? I would suggest a deeper understanding of “Walk this Way” might enhance my listening pleasure when it seeps into my head. Perhaps a deconstruction of the characters portrayed in “I Wish”?

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