Saturday, August 24, 2013
While driving to the beach this morning I tuned in to one of my fav programs on the radio: Even Stephen's "Bop Time" on WDUV, the campus radio station of my Alma Mater, the University of Delaware. The theme of today's program was the year 1946. That is, all the music played in today's show came out in that year. Now 1946 was the year I "came out" so I was very attentive. The best song played, in my opinion, was Lionel Hampton's release of "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop". Lionel is better known for playing the vibes, but this tune is a wonderful example of "call and response" vocals mixed with skat. The icing on the cake are the great trumpet and clarinet solos towards the end. I could so solo-skate to this! Granted I'll probably face plant, but I'll be so stylin' on my way down to that "up close and personal" encounter with the uncaring ice. Somehow I gotta work out some choreography for my very limited skill set and get it into a program. Put on some good earphones and see if you don't agree--get your MO-JO workin'!