Rockin’ the Casbah Note: Old MacDonald!

One Monday night in early Fall 2009, I walked into the Porter Creek Secondary School bandroom for Big Band practice and Rebekah had a cd playing. Frank Sinatra, ol’ Blue Eyes. I just love Frank! Anyway, here comes a tune I hadn’t heard before…Frank Sinatra singing his version of Old MacDonald had a Farm. Do you believe it! Too fun!

Ol’ mac donald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o! And on this farm there was a chick, the prettiest chick I know. With a little curve here and a little curve there, this chick, she had curves everywhere! Ol’ Mac
Donald had a farm,
e-i-e-i-o!
And oh this chick she had to walk,
e-i-e-i-o! And how this walk would drive ’em wild, swinging to and ’fro! With a little wiggle here and a little wiggle there, man this chick had wiggles to spare! Ol’ Mac Donald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.
When she went walking into town, e-i-e-i-o! The local gentry popped their eyes, tarnation what a show! With a gol-dang here and a gosh-darn there, heavens to betsy I do declare! Ol’ MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o!

So of course I had to dance to it. Do you blame me?

But oh! I needed a performance venue! Luckily for me, I was going to be attending Saqra’s Showcase that November to teach a couple of workshops, and be a member of a panel of judges for the competetion. What a great performance opportunity! I did two pieces back-to-back…Alf Leyla to show that I know what I’m doing in the classical arena, followed by Old MacDonald, just for fun and to show the real me. But once that was over, I still wasn’t ready to give the dance up. Then along came Rockin’ the Casbah. And with it, my very own Big Band. So, I bought the chart and the band learned it. Rebekah Bell sang the vocals and away we went!

What’s a girl to do?

e-i-e-i-oh!

 

photos by Alistair Maitland

By Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!

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