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.