image credit... karim sadli
this one really brings a smile to my face. the vid is a cover version of an excellent 80's song by the tomtom club. chicks on speed do a great version and the vid is just as cheeky as the lyrics. i have been blogging since 2006 and have really come to a new understanding of both the power and the elusive quality that words can hold. and it remains a source of amusement that caucasian rap can be so very distinctly separate from its counterpart of origin.
i was chatting with a friend this morning at st. marks and she talked about the new woody allen film that involves him travelling back in time to 20's paris. the ex-pats have always held some romantic appeal for me. fitzgerald, hemingway, stein, et al. stein had a large impact on my curiosity as a reader and wordsmith. she played with the concept of writing as a blueprint. she is, after all, the mother of the phrase a rose is a rose is a rose. and her partner alice was the producer of the pot brownie... they did have an impact.
tom tom club made an impact on me as well. they formed as part of an indie project from a talking heads ex-pat. genius of love was their sensational single, but i always loved the sassiness of wordy rappinghood. maybe you will too.
Wordy Rappinghood - Tom Tom Club
What are words worth? What are words worth? - words Words in papers, words in books Words on TV, words for crooks Words of comfort, words of peace Words to make the fighting cease Words to tell you what to do Words are working hard for you Eat your words but don't go hungry Words have always nearly hung me What are words worth? What are words worth? - words Words of nuance, words of skill And words of romance are a thrill Words are stupid, words are fun Words can put you on the run Mots pressé, mots sensé, Mots qui disent la verité, Mots maudits, mots mentis, Mots qui manquent le fruit d'esprit What are words worth? What are words worth? - words It's a rap race, with a fast pace Concrete words, abstract words Crazy words and lying words Hazy words and dying words Words of faith and tell me straight Rare words and swear words Good words and bad words What are words worth? What are words worth? - words