Friday, March 16, 2007

Use the Do-Do-Wap, Luke!

I’ve been listening to a lot of Curtis Mayfield lately. Great seventies funk and soul – perfect for walking around the city, because it’s the sort of music that was playing in the movies and TV shows that were my first exposure to NYC when I was a kid. “Move On Up” and “(If there’s a Hell Below) We’re All Gonna Go” are righteous and fine, giving me a great groove as I walk through Koreatown toward my train.

But the one song that’s been revolving in my earbuds lately is called “Do Do Wap is Strong in Here.” The thing is, though – just the title of the song reminds me of Star Wars, and Dath Vader saying “The Force is strong with this one.” So here’s a short list of Star Wars quotes, had George Lucas taken the wiser course and called the Force by its rightful name, the Do-Do-Wap.

The Do-Do-Wap is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.

A tremor in the Do-Do-Wap. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

The Do-Do-Wap can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.

I felt a great disturbance in the Do-Do-Wap, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I've seen a lot of strange stuff. But I've never seen anything to make me believe that there's one all-powerful Do-Do-Wap controlling everything.

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed; the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Do-Do-Wap.

Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Do-Do-Wap, and a powerful ally it is.

Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Do-Do-Wap. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Do-Do-Wap are they.

(May the Do-Do-Wap be with you.)


Chris A. said...

Good calls all around. For some reason, Mayfield's solo work gets reduced to "Superfly" in broad terms -- and that's good stuff, but hardly all that's worthwhile. (And don't get me started on the greatness of The Impressions.)

Rob S. said...

Thanks, Chris. By the way, does anyone know how to add a caption to photos in Blogger? I wanted to run a photo of Pam Grier with this post, but it wouln't make any sense without my caption. I did a search through Blogger Help, but couldn't find any instructions that I could understand -- my html-fu is pretty weak.