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Thursday, August 26, 2010


The Scene:

We spent this past Shabbat in Teaneck with our friends Shmiel and V.V..  In addtition to having an absolutely wonderful time with them, our friends Jordan and Marjorie were nice enough to invite us over to their home for the third meal on Shabbat afternoon.

After Shabbat, my friend Jordan offered my family a ride back to Shmiel and V.V.'s. 

While we drove, a recording of Lotte Lenya singing [her husband] Kurt Weill's 'Mack the Knife' in the original German, came on the radio.

For those of you who may be more familiar with 'modern' swing versions of Mack the Knife in English (think Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, etc.), here's what we were listening to in Jordan's car:

The Line:

After listening to Lotte Lenya singing for a few minutes, my 14 year old son Gilad remarked, "Hey, she sounds just like Lily Von Schtupp!"

Now, if you haven't seen Blazing Saddles (what rock have you been living under?!), this should give you some idea of just how serious an indictment of our parenting it is that our 14 year old son knows enough about Lily Von Schtupp to make such an observation.

Posted by David Bogner on August 26, 2010 | Permalink


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Great... now I can't get "I'm tired" out of my head, and it's only 9 am here. I know, I know, don't thank you, you're a giver. Oy. ;-)

Posted by: JDMDad | Aug 26, 2010 4:11:21 PM

It's twue, it's twue.

Posted by: Yossi | Aug 26, 2010 4:19:00 PM

"Indictment?" I say, "Bravo!" (So long as he doesn't recreate the campfire scene around the dinner table, of course... :) )

Posted by: efrex | Aug 26, 2010 4:30:05 PM

Our kids are younger, so no Blazing Saddles yet. We have introduced them to some of the other classics. The latest line around our house is "something strange is afoot at the Circle K"

Posted by: Alan T. | Aug 26, 2010 6:31:40 PM

I don't think that's an indictment on your parenting! My brother and I had the "ruggers, muggers, buggerers" speech memorized at 14, I think.

Posted by: Bryan | Aug 26, 2010 7:12:01 PM

Give the a governor a harumph.

Posted by: Jack | Aug 26, 2010 7:17:03 PM

Yes, but that moment made my year.

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Aug 26, 2010 8:28:52 PM

You can't make this stuff up, can ya?

Posted by: Elisson | Aug 26, 2010 8:34:18 PM

I discovered Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill when I was in my very early teens. Had almost all of the Dreigroschenoper and Mahogony memorized by the time I was thirteen or so. Splendid stuff. What do you call shorty nasty German songs? Answer: Kurt Weill Lieder.

Lotte Lenya does not sound like Lily von Shtupp - Lily sounds like Lotte. But actually, more like Marlene Dietrich, who by the sixties and seventies was as much a parody of herself as Ms. Von Shtupp was.

Posted by: At The back of the Hill | Aug 26, 2010 11:38:00 PM

You can probably corrupt "Uncle Shmiel"'s daughter soon enough - she is already in the county for the year :)

Posted by: Aharon | Aug 27, 2010 5:05:58 AM

This is why we like you guys - Blazing Saddles is part of raising your children ;) As it should be.

Posted by: Alissa | Aug 29, 2010 11:45:50 PM

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