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Hey Babe, You Wanna Boogie?

RichardHenzel on February 22, 2013 16:53

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    John Hartford's homage to love. Sung by a duck. Ricky Duck. In 1978, I travelled up the MIssissippi River from LA to Cinci on the Steamboat Delta Queen, playing Mark Twain in a huge variety show that included the likes of Sheila MacRae, Allen Ludden, Jay McShann, and Crazy Man Johnny Hartford. He didn't sing this song in our show, but did sing, and play, and clog like the madman he was. In the intervals between shows, we played music on the deck as we chugged northward at 8 mph in the beautiful balmy spring sunshine. I showed people how Mark Twain filled soap bubbles with cigar smoke, and how if you blew them off the stern while northbound in a light southbound breeze, you could get the smoke-filled bubbles to catch in the air currents above the vast red wooden paddlewheels and hang there, spinning, for a long time. You see, bubbles pop when gravity pulls the heavier water to the bottom of the bubble until it breaks the suface tension of the soap; but if it's spinning the water remains evenly dispersed and the bubble lasts, sometimes, a long long time. Also: if you blow a nice big smoke-filled bubble off the starboard side with the wind at the labboard, it can light on the water, right on the river, and bounce once, twice, then hop onto the water and become a perfect hemisphere, twice the diameter of the bubble, which floats and bobs along on the water for some time before it pops, and a little smoke-ring floats straight up and finally vanishes.

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