Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Drinking Song Inspires Video

Sometimes folks ask me where I get the inspirations for some of my more bizarre, off-modern culture videos. From poetry, of course!



Drinking Song
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


INSCRIPTION FOR AN ANTIQUE PITCHER,

Come, old friend! sit down and listen!
From the pitcher, placed between us,
How the waters laugh and glisten
In the head of old Silenus!

Old Silenus, bloated, drunken,
Led by his inebriate Satyrs;
On his breast his head is sunken,
Vacantly he leers and chatters.

Fauns with youthful Bacchus follow;
Ivy crowns that brow supernal
As the forehead of Apollo,
And possessing youth eternal.

Round about him, fair Bacchantes,
Bearing cymbals, flutes, and thyrses,
Wild from Naxian groves, or Zante's
Vineyards, sing delirious verses.

Thus he won, through all the nations,
Bloodless victories, and the farmer
Bore, as trophies and oblations,
Vines for banners, ploughs for armor.

Judged by no o'erzealous rigor,
Much this mystic throng expresses:
Bacchus was the type of vigor,
And Silenus of excesses.

These are ancient ethnic revels,
Of a faith long since forsaken;
Now the Satyrs, changed to devils,
Frighten mortals wine-o'ertaken.

Now to rivulets from the mountains
Point the rods of fortune-tellers;
Youth perpetual dwells in fountains;
Not in flasks, and casks, and cellars.

Claudius, though he sang of flagons
And huge tankards filled with Rhenish,
From that fiery blood of dragons
Never would his own replenish.

Even Redi, though he chaunted
Bacchus in the Tuscan valleys,
Never drank the wine he vaunted
In his dithyrambic sallies.

Then with water fill the pitcher
Wreathed about with classic fables,
Ne'er Falernian threw a richer
Light upon Lucullus' tables.

Come, old friend, sit down and listen!
As it passes thus between us,
How its wavelets laugh and glisten
In the head of old Silenus!

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Why Me?

Momma asks the age old question of misery: "Why did God give me this stinking situation??" when confronted with my sister's nightly drug tirade. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Sunday, December 06, 2009

E.R. Adjustments And A Wet Shopping Day

Momma and Beth come back from a whole day of emergency room overdose treatment, medication adjustment, and a little shopping in the rain. An episode of my Rednecks On Parade series. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Nursing Home Threat Vrs the ADP Boogeyman

My sister Beth threatens momma with incarceration in "the nursing home" if momma doesn't give Beth the keys to momma's car. Momma counters with the local Adult Protective Services boogeyman, Rodney King. I shoot the whole thing through my door because I don't like to unlock it after 2 a.m. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another Night In Addict Paradise

My sister Beth and my momma Joyce argue over the Xanax. Again. Forever. Notice at 1:17 where Beth wants to go with the 25 Xanax....to "the casino", a 40-minute drive in the middle of the night to Shreveport's gambling boats. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Absentee Redneck Yardsale

Beth decided that she was going to have a piney woods outdoor sale of estranged commonlaw hubbie Steve's stuff but she won't even stick around for her own yard sale. Soon as she got $10, she ran off to the store to liquor up. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Milk Crate Move-Out Inventory

One day not too long ago, I got tired of living in the drunkard's section of the piney woods of east Texas and decided to make a milk crate inventory of what it would take to move my stuff back to Callie. I was not pleased with my results. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Skeeter Hawk Parley

Momma commences to palaver about horse flies, skeeter hawks and dragonflies with Big Nose and parleys the gossip into a set down visit. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Momma's New Son Tryouts

Momma auditions neighbor Terry for a position opening up soon in her family. He thinks the job requires disposing of the previous job holder (me) first. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Twisted Amenities

In my sister's twisted mind, anything she buys for herself to wear or eat is an "amenity" to us since she didn't force us to pay for it. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Delusional Yard Sale

Beth and momma try their hand at yard sale selling again, this time with nothing to sell. That's redneck optimism! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009