I actually only posted yesterday's song as a precursor to today's. I've been listening to a lot of Ian Dury and the Blockheads this week, particularly the album Do It Yourself. He's a wonderfully eccentric Rocker/Funker/Popster/Punker from the UK at the turn of the 70s and 80s. I was introduced to him early as my summer camp had a bunch of British Counselors who worked at the camp just so they could spend a few weeks in America before and after. This caused a good amount of cultural diffusion between us Yankees and those Lobster coats. I just got back into his crazy unique style because a Music BioPic is screening right now at the Tribeca Film Festival about Ian Dury's life and career. Named for his biggest hit, the movie is called Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, but I think I'd rather keep it Quiet again today.
From time to time, I watch Manhattan's vast range of Public Access Programming, consider it a hobby. I always wonder why these people choose to do such weird things at such random hours of the night, and then pay to have it beamed into my house, where I will laugh uncontrollably while I dissect every aspect of it, ultimately leading me to believe that the parties on both sides of the TV screen are crazy. I have a small collection of videos on my iPhone that will blow your freaking mind, but the last one in particular, which I taped a week or two ago, coincides brilliantly with today being Cinco De Mayo. Look at this little guy play a plastic guitar along to Ritchie Valens'La Bamba while a little girl dances in the background. I start taping just in time for the final solo and the amazing cinematography. Check out how smug he gets when the host comes up and talks to him, priceless.
In honor of Cinco De Mayo (after a lengthy Mexican Hat Dance with my Chihuahua, not kidding) I present the real but not original version of this Mexican Folk Song, sung by the Chicano Music Pioneer, Ritchie Valens.