Sunday, 12 May 2013

Happy Mother's Day

In his 1991 autobiography, Ice by Ice: The Vanilla Ice Story in His Own Words, the eponymous rapper, or rather his ghost-writer, claims to have coined the phrase "word to your mother." This solicitation for maternal respect was apparently Ice's script flip on the black power slogan "word to the mother," meaning: respect to the motherland, Africa.

We should all thank Robert Van Winkle, the word smith and reality television b-lister behind the cool exterior, for teaching us how to love our mommies.

And with that out of the way, I will allay your fears and assure you that none of Ice's music will be gracing this blog, ever.

Word to your mothers!

Don Cherry - "Universal Mother," Hear & Now, Atlantic, 1977

Discogs: Hear & Now

Eric Dolphy - "Mrs. Parker of K.C. (Bird's Mother)," Far Cry, New Jazz/Prestige, 1962

Discogs: Far Cry

Larry Young - "Mother Ship," Mothership, Blue Note, 1980 (Recorded 1969).

Discogs: Mother Ship

*Photo credit to Andy Capp.  My mom and I at my wedding, 2011.

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