Writer’s Workshop: Fancy!

I’ve had a little trouble sitting down and writing this until now, because it’s been a very long day and I’ve been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. When that happens, I usually fall back on my usual array of videos.

For example, a couple of musical numbers from the 1950 film Fancy Pants with Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. Lucy’s voice is dubbed by Annette Warren. Lucy was a beautiful woman, wasn’t she?

Lucy reminded me of my mom. I was watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson one night back when I was still living at home, and she was a guest. While she was being interviewed, son Desi came out and surprised her. There was a lot of kissing and hugging, and it was clear she was happy to see him. Then, when they sat down, she turned to him and said, “Now, when are you going to clean your room?” I swear, she looked like Mom.

Something tells me all moms have that look…

There are a lot of songs named “Fancy.” My favorite is the one by Bobbie Gentry. I know Reba McEntire covered “Fancy,” but no one does it like Bobbie.

We didn’t hear much from Bobbie Gentry after “Ode To Billie Joe,” “we” referring to us in the Chicago area. There were no country music stations per se in Chicago at the time; it was the late Seventies before we did. She had a great voice and wrote a lot of her own songs, and she was gorgeous.

A suggestion for you cat lovers: if your cat doesn’t seem to be eating, try a can of Fancy Feast. Our vet calls it “kitty crack.” If they won’t eat Fancy Feast, take them to the vet: there’s something wrong.

Going to keep this short. What other “fancy” things can you think of?

17 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Fancy!

    1. My question is, is “the face” something a girl is born with that doesn’t develop until she grows up and has kids, or is it something you learn? I tend to believe it’s the former, because I swear I had a cat that had kittens (she and the kittens lived out their lives here) and she’d get the same look on her face…

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  1. I loved your saying as it reminds me of my dad who had some fun ones. L7cille was beautiful and she played so well opposite Bob Hope. It’s funny because when I see John Wayne, when he was older, he reminded me of my dad. Other people have said he looked like John Wayne also and their belief system was similar-Black and white thinking, loyal, strong, patriotic(my dad was Canadian) and my dad loved Christmas. Our cats love fancy feast and our one goes nuts over tuna


    1. See? Not just fun, but educational. To listen to pop radio, Bobbie slipped off into obscurity after “Ode To Billie Joe,” but she had a quite a robust career.


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