I re-booted by blogging efforts yesterday and used as my title hook a tweet I had seen that morning from Immaculate Conception Church in Malden, MA. It read - Still trying to think of a way to live La Vida Lenten? How about this:... and then included a link for some suggestions on what to give up for the season. I chuckled when I saw the reference to the Ricky Martin song "Livin' La Vida Loca" and mused that whoever thought that one up was pretty clever indeed. Later on, as I was listening to the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM, the ever-entertaining Catholic Guy Lino Rulli had decided that for the season of Lent he and his sidekick Fr. Rob "Timmy" Keighron would attempt to sing a song parody a day, something that is right up my alley. They then launched into a hilarious rendition of Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" that had morphed into something called All Lent Long. I wish I could remember all the words but of course it might not be as funny in print - one of those "you needed to be there" moments that loses something in translation.
But I really got excited when I heard that Lino was going to take the advice of a listener and create a contest where anyone could write a song parody and submit it for them to sing during the next six weeks. Since I've been known to pen some altered lyrics now and again (I used to write personalized singing telegrams when I was in college) I started looking for an appropriate song to play with. This morning, as I was getting ready to attend my 2nd funeral of the week it hit me - the title of my blog post would make a perfect parody! And so, when I returned home I sat down and knocked out the song in a couple of hours.
Now, I submitted the final product to Lino's show tonight and - even though it was about as good as what I heard both yesterday and today on his show - I have no idea if he will use it. I want to post it here but I don't want to a) jinx my chances of winning a coveted pope bottle opener or b) offend some readers who are not comfortable with that type of humor. So...let's see what happens. If I don't hear a thing in a few weeks I'll take a chance and post my work. If I do win...well...I guess I'll have to share the winning lyrics with you. Either way, you will see my song parody at some point.
What does this have to do with liturgy and ritual?
Sometimes a liturgist just has to have some fun before Holy Week... ;)