Feasting: Mardi Gras - Happy Fat Tuesday

Hello, Sat Nam, Namaste, Buenos Dias, Bonjour…


Eat, drink and be merry…for tomorrow we di…….et


“Dessert” has 2 S’s while “desert” only has 1…


Pinned this message just now to my Facebook page: Letting you know I’m taking some time off for things that weren’t important yesterday…As such, this will be my last Facebook post for the next 40 DAYS


(Whew! As I typed “40,” my laptop’s AI auto-prompted in grey “years.”)


I’m simply yielding to the accumulated wisdom in spiritual traditions…wisdom that encourages us to periodically take “timeouts” from our usual activities:

In the Christian tradition that formed me, the season of Lent which begins tomorrow is such a time.

In the Kundalini yoga tradition I follow, these times of refreshment, reordering and renewal are referred to as “sadhana’s.”


See my Blog Page for a "Fasting" blog post for a few musical offerings for the next 40 days...and nights...


RITuals help bring balance to RUTuals…

That said, if you’d like to have an old-fashioned conversation; or, better still, share a cup of coffee at my favorite hangout (Witches Brew in West Hempstead) or yours…GRATE!!! You can find my contact info on my Facebook Home Page.


FYI - This Tom the Baptist ain’t going into the wilderness of lions and tigers and bears…

Oh! My! – Without my daily bean!!!

MUSICAL FEASTING MEDICINE


Read-Me-First: Mardi Gras Indians In the early days of the Indians, Mardi Gras was a day of both reveling and bloodshed. "Masking" and parading was a time to settle grudges.[4] This part of Mardi Gras Indian history is immortalized in James Sugar Boy Crawford's song, "Jock O Mo" (better known and often covered as "Iko Iko"), based on their taunting chants. However, in the late 1960s, Allison Montana, "Chief of Chiefs", fought to end violence between the Mardi Gras Indian Tribes.[13] He said, "I was going to make them stop fighting with the gun and the knife and start fighting with the needle and thread."[14] Today, the Mardi Gras Indians are not plagued by violence; instead, they base their fights over the "prettiness" of their suits.[4]

Source: Mardi Gras Indians - Wikipedia


PLAYLIST

Mardi Gras…Iko Iko RESPONSIBLY #1 🐻💀



Dressed for this celebratory day (Yes, there are dancing bears on my mask), I’m in CT at one of my alternative providers, where I just administered a healthy dose of alternative musical medicine to the two folks who greet me at the welcoming desk…


Additional medications will follow here in the dispensary before our day concludes.

Covered by all health Assurance plans…


Here’s the Rx - take “PRN” (ask a nurse for the meaning)


Iko, Iko – Ringo Starr First All-Star Band w/Dr. John (0:05:51)

--Ringo’s got 3 drummers plus THE doctor is in the house…


Before I left for the doctor's office, I posted #1 above to the Wharf Rats Facebook group…plus 3 additional versions of this Mardi Gras classic. FYI - Wharf Rats: "This is a group of Music, Magic, Recovery, Service and Love." (from their FB page)


Mardi Gras - Iko, Iko RESPONSIBLY #2


This “grate” version features Billy & Mickey Hart…there’s a strategy to the order of my posting of this much covered Mardi Gras anthem. Not to diminish Ringo or Dr. John but the previous one I just posted was “mild” - no members of the Grateful Dead. This next one is “moderate” as it includes two esteemed members of our Mardi Gras Indians tribe.


And if you have a tough day doing the Steps, just listen to anything by

Playing For Change…pure musical medicine…


Iko, Iko – Playing for Change Band with Billy & Mickey & Dr. John (0:02:11)


Mardi Gras - Iko, Iko RESPONSIBLY #3


…now for the harder stuff…full strength medicine and from the Mile High City – Denver


Iko, Iko – The Grateful Dead (Denver 6/28/91) (0:08:05)


Mardi Gras - Iko, Iko RESPONSIBLY #4


Had planned to “dew” only 3… but my Dead Muse led me to this next one…FYI - SHE follows ME everywhere…😜

We were just Iko Iko-ing responsibly in the mountains…so, now we’re going underground…


Grateful Dead-Iko Iko 3-18-90. NYC Subway Dance Party (0:08:07)


HOW SWEET IT IS...


Mardi Gras Iko Iko Responsibly (from my earlier Facebook post)


Still in CT…down the road apiece from doctor is Tusk & Cup…having my pre-Lenten dessert: chocolate chip gelato and dark roast bean…






…balancing energies of hot/cold…sweet/earthy...dark/light...


Hey, I’m into fitness…fittin these chips right into my mouth…


#music #humor #MardiGras #GratefulDead #TusknCup