Cuban Pete, an appreciation


14 Responses to “Cuban Pete, an appreciation”

  1. solitaire says:

    That’s downright lascivious.

  2. Mike Harris says:

    I have to admit, I really enjoy Jim Carrey’s rendition of this:

  3. Aram Jahn says:

    For some odd-assed reason I thought of this song – as sung by “Ricky Ricardo” – today, when I was doing my laundry. “And Cuban’s Pete’s never in a hurry like Arthur Murray/I come from Havana/and there’s always manana.” I Desi’s band on the show was pretty hot.

  4. fletcher_katherine says:

    Cory (sorry – it feels awfully familiar to call you by your first name) — if you really want to test your daughter’s memory for lyrics, try Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes.  All my friends with kids agree, it’s catchy… “like herpes.”  It’s all over YouTube (some live, some with lyrics overwritten, etc).  For example:

  5. Hollando says:

    Massive props for singing every nigh!  Especially so many songs.
    My daughter periodically asks for a song just as I say good night, and all the songs I can remember lyrics for off the cuff are not really designed for a cappella bedtime singing. (i.e. AC/DC )  I know and can sing many song, but need lyrical prep.
    (I prefer to tell myths, which I *can* do at will.)

  6. Rickenbacker4001 says:

    My daughter wants to play my drums before she goes to sleep……we should get on this…

  7. chgoliz says:

    One thing I wish was emphasized more to new parents is that you really only have a few years to set things in motion.  So quickly, their own personalities and peer pressure take over and it becomes virtually impossible to convince them to like a particular genre of music, or type of food, or whatever.

    You’ve started your daughter on an excellent trajectory, Cory.

    I’ll warn you that you’re likely to go through a phase where she will not want you to sing anything under any circumstance.  If that happens, don’t worry, she’ll come back out of it again.

  8. hubcity says:

    And here, for your viewing enjoyment, is Desi Arnaz with Desi Arnaz Jr., Laraine Newman, Howard Shore, Paul Shaffer and the Saturday Night Live Band (1976 vintage) with the very same song…

  9. Pirate Jenny says:

    So Lucy DID manage to get into Ricky’s show at some point. That was great :)

  10. mat catastrophe says:

    It has a meter that is tricky

  11. Preston Sturges says:

    Lucy was originally a dancer, and if you can dig up any of her old photos, she was a smoking hot red head showgirl. 

    I also saw a documentary about pioneering business deals, and Lucy shrewdly bought all the rights to her show before anyone had even thought of syndicating shows, and insisted oh high production quality to make it marketable. Also, Desilu Studios pioneered many of the standard television  production techniques.  Ricky was not the brains of the outfit. 

  12. Amelia_G says:

    About memory–yours is phenomenal, I noticed it when you spoke in Seattle a couple years ago; can’t remember exactly when of course! So glad your daughter has it too. Memory is a superpower, is what I tell the nieces and nephews, hoping they won’t decide it’s cool to space out and forget things like their auntie. My memory, short and long-term, quit in my late 20′s, one year after I left university and left Germany to start working full-time in the US. I had thought my brain figuratively sniffed the air, detected bass notes of redneck high school, and decided it wasn’t wanted or necessary. However, recently I visited Germany again and noticed that they sit around discussing for hours, fairly regularly. While doing so, they remind each other of things (repetition), fill in the blanks of aspects of stories the others didn’t know yet, fix errors, and create a vacuum for facts, a need to collect and review information. The discussion culture creates group memory that strengthens individual memory.

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