Here I sit in my fancy Dressing Room at Suntana's Blog Trek Coliseum. I'm just Chilling Out and getting In the Zone. We world-renowned Musicians have to do that. We have to achieve and assume a certain persona before we walk up on stage. We can't just walk up on stage with the same persona of ohhh say … having just watched a rerun of Gilligan's Island on TV while devouring a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese Combo. Not that there's anything wrong with that. And that's also not to say that's what I was doing just now. I'm just saying we Cyber Musician Stars have to assume that certain persona that exudes that aura of mystery. Well, either that or sell it that this isn't just Pre-Concert Drivel.
I have just a couple more minutes before I have to go up on stage and enthrall the global masses with yet another Suntana Mini Concert Keyboard masterpiece. There's just enough time for a quick monologue. Of course, in Texas, "quick" might have a different meaning than in the rest of the English-speaking world.
Sooo, what has been going on in my life that I could tie in seamlessly to the Let It Be theme of this Mini Concert, which will start shortly? Ohhh, I know. Just last month, for the first time in my entire life, I barely learned how to make Popcorn. Whoa! Heyyy! C'mon now, y'all. Settle down before y'all get hurt ROF laughing yer Butts off as y'all assume I meant I don't know how to use a Microwave Oven. No, no, that's NOT what I meant. I'm talking about barely having learned how to make Popcorn the ole-fashioned manual way, just like back in the Little House on the Prairie days in the 1800s or whenever it was. Yep, I'm talking about slapping up a Pot on the Stove Top, pouring in some Cooking Oil and scientifically pouring in the correct amount of Popcorn.
While growing up, all of my siblings … my older brother, older sister, younger brother and 2 younger sisters took the baton at their seemingly destined turn to become the Official Popcorn Maker. Somehow there seemed to have materialized an exception in that Chain of Popcorn Making Destiny. By now I can't quite remember whether it was just happenstance, serendipity … or outright ruthless, strategic maneuvering on my part, but somehow I got out of doing my turn in that Sibling Chain of Popcorn Making.
Fast-forward many years into the future to last month. Was it guilt … or curiosity? Did I perhaps feel there was something in my life, which I hadn't conquered? Why did I out of the blue decide I wanted to give ole-fashioned manual Popcorn making a whirl? Nevertheless, the next thing I knew, I was up to my elbows embarked in my manual Popcorn making debut. It actually went very well, in fact, close to perfect. Then I have to admit that in the two subsequent days, I regressed a little bit. Oh, they weren't Towering Infernos or anything like that, mind you. The process on that 2nd and 3rd batch of Popcorn just didn't go quite as smoothly and the results were a tad noticeably inferior to my debut batch.
But, that didn't deter me. I didn't freak out. I didn't hang up my Popcorn Making Pot. I didn’t wave the White Flag. The saying goes, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." So, I got back in the Popcorn making fight. I quickly regained my confidence and my edge. The world was safe again. The Art of Ole-Fashioned Manual Popcorn Making would NOT die out.
Then last week came into the picture, into the equation. The week that will live in infamy materialized almost as if from an alternate universe. There I was ready to routinely prepare me another batch of Popcorn. Then I uncharacteristically poured in too much Popcorn. I knew immediately I had Fugged Up. I didn't think the results of that would be catastrophic. However, catastrophic is pretty close to what the results were. Only about 1/3 the amount of Popcorn popped before the rest just stood there and did nothing, except wanting to burn. I had to abort the mission.
I poured out the little bit of good Popcorn and threw out the uncooperative, rebel, charcoaled kernels. I quickly went for another batch. The results of the 2nd batch were NOT much better. WTF? What was going on? Why had I suddenly screwed up two batches of Popcorn after having been almost ready to get my Popcorn Making License? I had a theory. I had put the unpopped Popcorn kernels in the Fridge because I thought I vaguely recalled that keeping Popcorn in the Fridge helped the Popcorn making process. However, what I thought I recalled might have been just for Microwave Popcorn, NOT for Stove Top Popcorn.
With a theory in hand to explain my less than stellar Popcorn results, I vowed to return to my glory days the following day. My strategy was, "Just simply don't put the Popcorn kernels in the Fridge anymore." So, the following day, armed now with room temperature Popcorn kernels, I was ready to kick some Popcorn Butt! Or pop it anyway. I attacked the project with the confidence of Chuck Norris. After all, what were the odds that I could screw up Popcorn for a 3rd consecutive time? The verdict? Nnnnggg, well, I don't think I'll be getting my own Cooking Show on the FoodNetwork. Okay, so it was mediocre. Grrrrr!
It was at that time that I faced reality and went, "Carlos … just Let It Be. Just go to Walmart and buy you some Microwave Popcorn." And so I did. I went out and got me a box of 4 Mini Bags of Orville Redenbacher's Lime & Salt Microwave Popcorn. In the meantime, I'll be Letting It Be while I regroup and regain my Popcorn making groove.
It doesn't get much better than a Mini Bag of Popcorn to go with a Mini Concert. Be that as it may, I managed to make it better. I managed to Hook Up with the legendary Miss 10 herself, Bo Derek to help me promote this 10th Mini Concert of mine. Do you all realize how long I've been waiting for this day, for my 10th Mini Concert to come up so that I could have the perfect excuse to put up a Pic of Bo Derek?
Ladies & Gentlemen, in honor of Bo Derek and Popcorn … I present to y'all the Beatles Classic …
Let It Be!
Let It Be
NOTE: If you have trouble playing the Mini Concert MP3 straight from the link above: Right Click on the Let It Be link. Click on Save Linked Content As. Save the MP3 to your Hard Drive. Now play the MP3 with your Media Player of choice.