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Africa July 31, 2009

Posted by composmentis in Entertainment, Music.
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An exceptional production and highly enjoyable.  It also doesn’t hurt that this is perhaps the best looking choir I’ve ever seen.  The way they create the thunderstorm in the beginning is pretty cool.

 Hope you enjoy it.

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1. Michael - July 31, 2009

Great find, Compos.

2. geoff - July 31, 2009

I remember back in ought-nine when this was first posted.

Those were the days.

3. composmentis - July 31, 2009

It’s old, really? It was new to me! Well, POOP!

4. geoff - July 31, 2009

Well, June 24th isn’t old, exactly. It’s more like well-aged.

5. composmentis - July 31, 2009

Alright, so maybe I don’t check in as often as I should.

It does prove that Michael and I have similar tastes and a shared sense of culture. I’d wager we both enjoy the same flavor of Boone’s Farm, are akin in our love of public flatulance, and are parallel in our beliefs about how marrying a vrigin is wrong because, well, if she ain’t good enough for her own family, she can’t be good enough for ourn.

Why, we’re practically twins, he and I!

Come ‘ere brother and give me a squeeze! Let’s have a few Buds and some Marlboro’s and talk about who we’re going to hit on at the family reunion.

6. Cathy - July 31, 2009

I LOVE this and am glad to enjoy it again, Compos.

7. Michael - July 31, 2009

Let’s just put it up every month and call it a tradition. Thanks, Compos!

8. reason - July 31, 2009

Fanfreakingtastic.

I’m gonna go back to the old post, just to read how much you guys liked it back then, too.

Also, I’m mulling over whether or not being the guy who gets to say this is supremely badass or painfully wierd (either way, it is definitely conversationally daunting):
“So what do you do?”
“Oh, I beatbox for a Christian A’Capella choir. You?”

9. Joey Buzz - July 31, 2009

Interesting…how it seems still good and more familiar when you see it again. Strange thing memory. I mean has anyone here really pondered organic matter storing stuff and making it available again later?

10. Michael - July 31, 2009

Deep thoughts there, Joey, deep thoughts. Good stuff to ponder, over and over again, during the IB Monthly Viewing of Africa™.

11. composmentis - July 31, 2009

Your just jealous because my post has already generated over twice as many posts as yours, brother.

12. MostlyRight - July 31, 2009

I saw some videos of models falling recently, I’ll see if I can dig them up and post them.

13. composmentis - July 31, 2009
14. Michael - July 31, 2009

Hey, does anyone wanna see a really cool video of this black guy singing “Chocolate Rain”?

15. Dave in Texas - July 31, 2009

This is the best post ever.

16. composmentis - July 31, 2009

Hahahaha! I love you magnificent bastards.

17. wiserbud - July 31, 2009

y’all ever seen this video?

Its’ freaking AWESOME!!!

18. composmentis - July 31, 2009

Thanks, skinny. I knew I could count on you.

19. Enas Yorl - July 31, 2009

That intro is pretty neat. Ya know, I gotta say that video is almost as cool as this one. Enjoy!

20. Michael - July 31, 2009

This is the best post ever.

You know, Dave, I’m really reluctant to post anything myself right now. How could I top this?

It just seems to me that today should be enshrined in the IB archives as Compos Mentis Day™.

This is the day when CM gave it all he’s got. He swung for the bleachers, and he knocked one out of the ballpark.

21. Michael - July 31, 2009

Hey, wait, I’m the Site Administrator. I can declare this to be Compos Mentis Day™ at IB.

I hereby declare this to be Compos Mentis Day™.

That means somebody else can post something now.

22. Mrs. Peel - July 31, 2009

Guess what, everyone?! I just found out how to restrict parts of my facebook profile so my family members can’t see them! YAY

23. wiserbud - July 31, 2009

DAMMIT! And I didn’t get my ComposMentis Day shopping done yet!

Boy, ComposMentis Day sure seems to come earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it?

Well, to be fair, so does composmentis.

24. Mrs. Compos Mentis - July 31, 2009

You got that right!

25. Michael - July 31, 2009

I just found out how to restrict parts of my facebook profile so my family members can’t see them! YAY

*Michael, looks at Mrs. Peel’s Facebook profile*

Hey, Peel, what’s up? I’m not a member of your family!

26. Mrs. Peel - July 31, 2009

In my heart, you are.

All together now: Awwww!

27. Mrs. Peel - July 31, 2009

THREAD KILLAH

28. Mark in NJ - July 31, 2009

Why’s it called Africa? It’s all white people.

29. Mrs. Peel - July 31, 2009

You know, Mark, my best friend’s parents were born in Africa, and they’re white.

*nods sagely*

30. BrewFan - August 1, 2009

I’ve always wondered if Liberians refer to themselves as American-Africans? Inquiring minds want to know.

31. Mark in NJ - August 1, 2009

Not trying to cause trouble…I like the clip…just thought it was funny — like watching an all-black chorus sing about Greenland.

32. Dave in Texas - August 1, 2009

Uhm, because it’s the name of the song? Which was written and performed by a band made up of white guys.

You have an odd sense of humor.

Did I say odd?

I meant retarded.

33. Mark in NJ - August 1, 2009

Tried to preempt Dave’s invective w/ follow-up mssg…failed again.

At least I’ve climbed from despicable to retarded — that feels pretty good.

34. Mrs. Peel - August 1, 2009

I didn’t think you meant anything in particular, Mark. So I was being silly in response. (Although it’s true – they are from South Africa.)

I will say, though, I wouldn’t think anything about an all-black chorus singing about Greenland, any more than I thought anything about white dudes singing about Africa. I just don’t do that kind of racial calculation.

35. geoff - August 1, 2009

I once sang Land Down Under and I wasn’t aboriginal!

We laughed and laughed…

36. daveintexas - August 1, 2009

I was giggling in church when we sang “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” because it’s an old negro spiritual and I’m not even an old negro. Check that shit out!

37. geoff - August 1, 2009

From the Wikipedia entry:

The initial idea for the song came from David Paich, playing on his piano. Jeff explains the idea behind the song: “… a white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he’s never been there, he can only tell what he’s seen on TV or remembers in the past.”

Seems like it would be more ironic if an African sang it, since it’s supposed to be sung as if you’ve never been there.

38. geoff - August 1, 2009

One time, when no one was looking, I sang The NIght Chicago Died…and, get this, I’ve never worked in law enforcement!!!

I cracked myself up.

39. daveintexas - August 1, 2009

David Paich. He’s white isn’t he?

Imagine how funny it would have been if he had ever played “The Girl From Ipanema”, being white and not even a girl.

That’d be a scream.

40. geoff - August 1, 2009

I remember how funny elementary school was. They’d have us singing Frere Jacques, and not only were we not French: most of us didn’t have a brother named John!!

Of course, I had to kill my brother so that I could be as funny as the rest of the class, but what price humor?

41. Michael - August 1, 2009

Imagine how I felt, when attending a Catholic church, and I noticed that they had Luther’s A Mighty Fortress Is Our God right there in the hymnal.

WTF? We own that song.

Catholics singing a hymn written by Luther? That ain’t right.

42. daveintexas - August 1, 2009

To be fair, Luther cribbed it from the Psalms.

Which is really ironic because he isn’t even Jewish.

43. Mrs. Peel - August 1, 2009

Oh yeah? Well, Charles Wesley wrote “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and I see a lot of non-Methodists singing it.

44. daveintexas - August 1, 2009

Hahahaha. — like watching an all-Peruvian chorus sing about the Himalayas.

45. Mrs. Peel - August 1, 2009

Come to think of it, it’s kind of ironic now to look back on my childhood, when I humorously sang “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” I sure didn’t think that someday, I would become a Methodist.

46. lauraw - August 1, 2009

Jesus H.W. Christ on a pogo stick.

Mark, are white people even allowed to SAY the word ‘Africa?’ Or do we look ‘funny’ to you?

I mean, how far are we going to take this bullshit? Let’s say it was an actual African song.

Would you mock people who are sharing music across those lines as they have for millennia, just because of some newly-fashionable PC bull crap?

You sir, have overdosed on racial sensitivity. You’re goofy on it. You’re in the red ‘hypersensitive’ zone and need to notch it back a click or two. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have some, but as with anything else there is such a thing as moderation.

47. lauraw - August 1, 2009

*throwing away my recipe for Irish Soda Bread*

48. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

*rethinks stopping in to see Lauraw this morning

49. daveintexas - August 1, 2009

No more jambalaya for me. The irony gives me gas.

50. lauraw - August 1, 2009

Look, I might not be the best person to ask about ethnic sensitivity. I once told this Syrian guy I know, that I could sing the Syrian national anthem. He was like, really? I was like, yeah, check it out: ULULULULULULULU!!

I noticed through my tears of laughter that he gave me a shitty look But we still remained cordial, down there at the falafel stand, for many months to come. Until the Patriot Act kicked in, then I didn’t see him anymore.

I feel kind of bad for calling DHS on him, but he was really chintzy with the filling sometimes.

51. lauraw - August 1, 2009

Sure, swing by man. I’m just vacuuming and picking
up and stuff today.

52. daveintexas - August 1, 2009

stuff = hiding the body parts

53. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

I’m just vacuuming and picking
up and stuff today.

I’ve been trying to get out of here all morning, but I’ve been hung-up trying to repair a friend’s laptop. I expected to be done bynow, but the restore ain’t taking.

So, maybe next week. Meant to, though.

54. Mark in NJ - August 1, 2009

I agree some notching back needs to occur, but not by me.

Hey, I thought there was something kind of funny about the white folks in that clip getting all soul-y in a Toto song about “Africa” (still do) — clearly, you find nothing funny about it. That’s OK — you guys think making endless repetitive riffs on the same joke is funny, long after I think it’s become tedious (and, as we used to say, breaking the Comedy Rule).

Those are just matters of taste.

But equating my silly joke with PC hypersensitivity and white people not allowed to say “Africa” is ridiculous — a classic NRA-style rhetorical tactic, “Next thing ya know, they’ll be coming into our homes and dot dot dot!”

So, I’m not sure what’s up w/ you guys…at least in TX Dave’s case, I think it comes down to a simple reduction — if you make the joke, it’s funny; if I make the joke, it’s retarded…just like back in high school!

55. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

if you make the joke, it’s funny; if I make the joke, it’s retarded

FINally! Somebody gets it!

56. Piercello - August 1, 2009

Mark–layers of irony, man. You’re missing the layers.

57. Dave in Texas - August 1, 2009

Hey, I tried to laugh Mark. It’s not like I’m unwilling to extend the courtesy and goodwill you bring to the party.

I have feelings too big guy.

58. Michael - August 1, 2009

So, I’m not sure what’s up w/ you guys…

We ridicule everyone, that’s what’s up.

It’s just our way of saying we love you. Without sounding gay.

59. Mrs. Peel - August 1, 2009

I thought there was something kind of funny about the white folks in that clip getting all soul-y

So, when I belt out “WHAT you want! BABY I got it!” in my best Aretha Franklin impression, that’s automatically funny because I’m white? (As opposed to being funny in a sad, pathetic way on account of I can’t carry a tune…) Why can’t I just enjoy the music I like without people caring about pigmentation?

60. Dave in Texas - August 1, 2009

That’s funny, talking about not sounding gay when you’re not gay.

You’re not, are you?

61. Mrs. Peel - August 1, 2009

hmm, it’s been way too long since I listened to “this magic moment”…*clicks over to youtube*

62. Michael - August 1, 2009

You’re not, are you?

That’s just none of your business, Dave in Texas. I like the Backstreet Boys because their music is excellent, that’s all.

63. Michael - August 1, 2009

I have to admit, however, sometimes the Backstreet Boys sound like they are singing Negro music, and that makes me uncomfortable. Also, they dance better than most Negroes, which seems inappropriate.

64. Mrs. Peel - August 1, 2009

Remember when that boy band guy, Lance Bass I think, signed up to be a tourist astronaut? I actually talked to one of the guys who did astronaut training around that time, and he said the band guy was one of the sharpest students he’d ever seen.

65. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

I know for a fact that Michael is not gay. I can’t tell you how and why, but … I know.

66. Michael - August 1, 2009

Wiser, I hope your daughter likes it at Princeton.

67. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

Also, they dance better than most Negroes, which seems inappropriate.

And what was the deal with Michael Jackson. He always made me feel a little oogy, what with his almost being white and all, yet everyone still treated like he was black.

He could sure dance though, huh?

68. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

Wiser, I hope your daughter likes it at Princeton.

She is rather excited about that. I haven’t yet told her the …ummmm…downside of the whole deal yet, but I figure I’ll save that for later.

69. Mark in NJ - August 1, 2009

didn’t sound gay to me – sounded friendly

Dave – never doubted you have feelings…not sure how I ended up in an antagonistic relationship w/ someone I’ve never even met, but I’m letting go, effective immediately….live long and prosper.

70. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

didn’t sound gay to me – sounded friendly

That’s your first clue….

71. Dave in Texas - August 1, 2009

>> not sure how I ended up in an antagonistic relationship w/ someone I’ve never even met

By being a dick in a comment thread?

I’m just spitballin here.

I do think it’s cute that I seem to be the sole object of your affection, even though a half dozen other commenters are calling you on your nonsense. I appreciate the attention and all, but I’m just not that into you.

72. Mark in NJ - August 1, 2009

It could just be your blunt, lone-star style, but I don’t get the same insulting vibe from the other commenters…so I guess I am sort of intrigued by the idea of a guy I’ve never met who seems to dislike me so much.

Especially since Mrs Geoff (whose opinion I trust) said you’re a good guy, which I don’t doubt is true.

But I already let go…so, peace out.

73. Michael - August 1, 2009

How do you know Mrs. Geoff?

I know Mrs. Geoff, she’s been at my house. I had the impression she was too classy to associate with someone from New Jersey.

74. Mark in NJ - August 1, 2009

She had no choice in the matter – she’s my sister.

75. Michael - August 1, 2009

Ah, that explains it.

76. Michael - August 1, 2009

Anyway, next time you see her, give her a pat on the ass from me my best regards.

77. Mark in NJ - August 1, 2009

I certainly will (not the pat on the ass part – that’s not how I roll)…we’ll be vacationing together in 2 wks

78. Michael - August 1, 2009

“So what do you do?”
“Oh, I beatbox for a Christian A’Capella choir. You?”

You know, I just listened to that song again, and the beatbox guy is really good. He’s not just percussive. He’s laying down a bass line that is on pitch.

I do that often — just listen to the bass. Like listening to the bass guitar in a bar band to figure out if he is actually playing music or just sort of thumping away. I don’t know why. Bass guitar is pretty far removed from clarinet music, which is the music of angel choirs.

79. Michael - August 1, 2009

One thing I have noticed — it is hard to concentrate on a bass line when the bass player has a spastic leg. It is distracting.

80. geoff - August 1, 2009

That’s OK — you guys think making endless repetitive riffs on the same joke is funny

Man, Mark, you just don’t want to make friends, do you.

81. geoff - August 1, 2009

I certainly will (not the pat on the ass part – that’s not how I roll)…we’ll be vacationing together in 2 wks

The ass will have been thoroughly pre-patted by the time she arrives.

82. Michael - August 1, 2009

That’s OK — you guys think making endless repetitive riffs on the same joke is funny

Yes, we do. Nobody can beat a joke to death like the Innocent Bystanders. We are proud of this.

83. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

Nobody can beat a joke to death like the Innocent Bystanders.

*koff

84. BrewFan - August 1, 2009

Mark, you’re right. Dave is a dick. The only reason we put up with him around here is because the dude is a chick magnet. Ask Michael.

85. Michael - August 1, 2009

*sigh*

It’s true. Dave is a chick magnet. The IB Wimmens like him better than me.

86. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

It’s true. Dave is a chick magnet.

It’s not magnetism. It’s more like he has his own gravitational force around him for some reason.

87. Dave in Texas - August 1, 2009

You know if I ask Mrs. Wiserbud to beat you up, she will.

88. Larry - August 1, 2009

You know, I just listened to that song again, and the beatbox guy is really good.

I was noticing the same thing. I found a Bee Gees medley they did as well. Most of the time, unless you’re really paying attention, you don’t notice that the percussion is actually a “vocal percussionist”.

89. wiserbud - August 1, 2009

You know if I ask Mrs. Wiserbud to beat you up, she will.

Probably. Hell, for a few dollars, I bet she’d shoot me for ya as well.

GAD, I love that woman.


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