Great philosopher, Van Wilder once said, “you shouldn’t take life too seriously or you’ll never get out alive.” It might have taken him seven years as an undergrad, but at least he learned one of the most crucial life lessons.
A lesson that we too often forget when it comes to music. Our noses are turned up so high in the air, it makes it difficult to giggle at goofy things. Music provides us with so many outlets – a way to connect when we feel lost, an escape when we feel overwhelmed, a sense of community when we feel lonely. But the catch all cure to these feelings: laughter. After all, it is the best medicine.
But funny songs aren’t respectable, right?
We’re cultured if we can list classical composers, deep if we listen to whinny artists wearing hemp, popular (…) if we can belt out the Biebs, and oh so much cooler than everybody if you’ve never heard of the artist I’m listening to. We are music snobs.
So, the goal of this post is to get a song stuck in your head. That, and to remind you the ability to laugh at yourself is an irreplaceable gift and is applicable to most situations in life.
And Toby Keith, another one of the world’s greatest wordsmiths, is hear to help. His recent song Red Solo Cup has gotten mixed reviews – even from him. The first two verses are:
Now, red solo cup is the best receptical
For barbecues, tailgates, fairs, and festivals
And you, sir, do not have a pair of testicals
If you prefer drinkin’ from glass
Hey, red solo cup is cheap and disposable
And in fourteen years, they are decomposable
And unlike my home, they are not foreclosable
Freddy, man, can kiss my ass
… and continues in the same, silly fashion for the remainder of the song.
Thought-provoking or easy on the ears? Hardly. But, it provides a chuckle (perhaps insight to last Friday night) and sometimes that’s all we need.
Not done laughing?