Calling Ideas for May 30, 2012
Wynonna Judd's BirthdayWynonna is the daughter in the mother/daughter duo, the Judds, and is now a solo C&W performer.
Here are the Judd records that I own:
- Rockin With the Rhythm Of The Rain ESP 704
- Born To Be Blue La Bandito Records 105
- Turn It Loose Eagle 2012
- Grandpa Prairie 1009
Number 1 SongsSongs that I know have square dance versions that were number 1 on May 30:
- 1949-Riders in the Sky (aka Ghost Riders in the Sky) by Vaughn Monroe
- 1949-Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams
- 1958-All I Have To Do Is Dream by the Everly Brothers
- 1985-Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It DayIf you Google this phrase, you'll find lots of references to both the day and the traditional song. I've found versions of the song by Hank Williams, Sr. (go to Disk 2; if you click on the link, you can listen to a Windows Media version of the song), Ricky Nelson, and Louis Armstrong. You can hear an instrumental, dixieland version of the song here. You can see one version of the lyrics here.
Of course, my immediate thought, fueled by at least three square dance afterparties (see this story), was the song "There's a Hole In My Bucket".
Neither song is really suitable for a square dance singing call ("My Bucket's Got a Hole In It" is usually done too fast, "There's a Hole in My Bucket" is a waltz). I looked for a MIDI version of "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" online, but couldn't find anything. If I were a musician, it would be easy enough to arrange a singing call version; it's a pretty straight-forward blues-y type song.
Calls with the word "Bucket"
There are four:
- Bucket of Worms - Burleson 138
- Bucket of Minnows - Burleson 1506
- Hinge the Bucket - Burleson 2147
- Kick the Bucket - Burleson 3269
None of them are what I look for in a "theme" call: they're not quick and easy teaches. Hinge the Bucket is probably the easiest:
From lines of four: All partner hinge, arm turn 3/4 where those facing out trade to end in facing lines.
This would be trivial for an Advanced floor, but I think a weak MS/Plus floor would have problems with the hinge/cast off 3/4 combo...plus I'd need to workshop "half a trade" (which I would use instead of partner hinge, which isn't on the MS or Plus lists).
I suppose I could write a call for the occasion, but I prefer to use "real" calls; to me, it makes it more amusing that someone else actually wrote a call that works for the "special day".
Christine Jorgensen's BirthdayWhether or not you mark this event is very dependent on your group. You could do a tip where all the men dance the girl's part and the women dance the boy's part. Or you could do a "Denmark" tip, where all the dancers change gender roles every time a gender-based call (like Star Thru or Slide Thru) is called. Or (easier) a tip where everybody changes roles at the end of every sequence.
If your club has transexual members, make sure they're okay with this kind of playing around. No point in inadvertently offending anyone.
The Fourth week of May is:
International Pickle WeekHere's some info about this "event", first "celebrated" in 1948.
Teach your dancers Pickle Up a Doodle...and make sure they get a fun badge (A088 pickle up a doodle 122 Dancing with no mistakes to Windsor record #4823.). BTW, did you know that Theresa Brewer originally recorded Pickle Up a Doodle?