last night we went to the sangamon auditorium, a mere five minutes away, and listened to the amazing band BEAUSOLEIL.  they’re a cajun band and they’ve been around a long long time – since 1975 – and they’re world-renown.  i hadn’t heard of them, but kevin knew all about them.  the tickets were only twenty bucks, ridiculously cheap, and i figured there would be scads of people there.

there weren’t.  the auditorium was maybe half-full.  it was general admission, so we sat way down front.  the show was going to be outside, and the day before i’d gotten a call from the auditorium saying to be sure to remember to bring lawn chairs, and that no coolers were allowed.

i clearly didn’t listen to all of that message, because apparently it also said to check the website the day of the show for updates.  we were the only ones carrying in our lawn chairs and i kept saying, “wow, where do these people think they’re going to sit?”


it’s been blistering hot and crazy humid, but there was a breeze last night and i thought the show would have been fine outside.  but many of the audience members were way older than us, so maybe they wouldn’t have liked that.

their last album is called “alligator purse,” and michael doucet, the founder and lead singer/fiddler, talked about the song “alligator purse” before playing it, mentioning that it was taken from a children’s rhyme and then i realized OF COURSE!

here are the original lyrics for the original rhyme:

Miss Lucy had a baby,
His name was Tiny Tim.
She put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim
He drank up all the water.
He ate up all the soap.
He tried to eat the bathtub,
But it wouldn’t go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor,
Miss Lucy called the nurse.
Miss Lucy called the lady
With the alligator purse.
“Mumps,” said the doctor.
“Measles,” said the nurse.
“Hiccups,” said the lady
With the alligator purse.
Out went the doctor.
Out went the nurse.
Out went the lady
With the alligator purse.

have you heard or sung it?  kevin had never even heard of it before so i sung it for him.  he was QUITE impressed.

actually, i’m pretty sure it was one of those songs we sung while doing some complicated clapping thing.

i love that song.

beausoleil’s rendition was good, too.  maybe we need to buy that album.

ok then,

saturday morning grace.