BUMBLEBEE

By Gary Sosnick 1993



Okay, picture this: You and me beneath the trees.
We could do a thing or two lying 'round in the cool breeze.
You told me this and you told me that. You didn't have a very good opening:

I'll be your bumblebee, yah you and me.
Sting me baby please for peace and freedom.

Okay try again, you and me on a weekend spree.
In the mood for one like you, c'mon get off that big tease.
A little shuck and a lot of jive. You didn't have a very good opening:

You got me buzzing 'round your hive.
Honey let's go out for a drive.

Okay, this it it:
You and me between the knees.
I'm a shrew and you're through, giving me that deep freeze.
Play it out or give it up. You didn't have a very good opening:

I'll be your bumblebee, yah you and me.
Sting me baby please for peace and freedom.


Well, it was high school. And only two good things ever happened to me in high school; 1) my first true love, and 2) my first decent song. This happened to be it. Bumblebee! A tribute to Django Reinhardt, really. Early love, a game of chess, hence the "opening." But, I really love that Django Paris Hot Club sound. Salon music, snappy, just the way I pictured this song to be. George carries the tune to the extreme with his "flight of the bumblebee" guitar sound -- perfect.

This is dedicated to the peace and love '60s. When we had nothing to do, we were still driving around a lot. Faraway country roads in the middle of night, before turning around and heading home. But let's face it, there were still only a few things we were interested in -- Django, the British invasion, and chicks. We had no money then, we have no money now. It's really astounding how so little changes in the life of an artist, and this sadly, has proven to be a reccurring theme, much like hay fever.

Notes about Video: Detroit filmmaker and educator Kimberly Conely shot this video in 16mm film and Super-8 film, in color and in black and white. The video was shot in one evening at a performance at Alvin's in Detroit, our home base for many years, on the Wayne State University campus. Alvin's was a wonderful performance club -- a long throw room with the front door at one end and an elevated stage at the other. Capacity was 200. Famous posters and photographs adorned the interior brick walls, with exposed girders and ceiling beams high over head. Site of many phenomenal shows from The Ventures to Billy Cobham. The sound system was excellent, the small dressing room historic, and the owners and staff artistically knowledgeable and gracious. The crowd was always attentive and engaging. As a music venue it was spot on.

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