Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Words to Live By

One of the many wonderful things about the funk is the immortal reflections that it inspires. Katy once had an Onion horoscope that informed her:

"You fail to understand the primordial mystery of the funk: You have it the more you give it up."

More recently, AMNewYork interviewed Bootsy Collins, the legendary guitarist for George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. This was my favorite part of the Q&A:

Q. Are you going to do a few numbers?

A. I think so. It's part of the spontaneity. It's spontaneous combustion. It's like you got a chick in the back seat and she keeps talking this and that. And the next thing, you're in the back seat and that's how it happens. It's part of the experience at a show. You're going to be thinking "Wow, what's going to happen?" And then you wait and see what happens. We've taken the fun out of it these days. If a chick walks in the room with all of her clothes off already -- it's not as much fun. Half the fun is taking off the clothes.

Q. Are there any words that you live by?

A. You have to bring some funk to get some funk. You can't just walk in a place and expect to get some funk. If you ain't bringing no funk, then you can't get no funk. It's like some guys say, "Man. She didn't gimme some." But I say, "She didn't give you none because you weren't bringing any yourself." You have to bring some funk to get some. Another thing is, you can't fake the funk or your nose will grow.

I offer this as a reminder that there are two days left in the extremely goofy contest below, and Swedish fish and funny postcards still to be won. May you all bring the funk, and get some, in these last lovely days of September.

(And gacked from Nadia: Pirate Penguins!!! Comment is superfluous.)

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