Watching the 1975 documentary yet again tonight. I am mystified by the lyrics Little Edie sings to what she calls "The VMI Marching Song". There is a "VMI Spirit Song" you can hear on YouTube, but it does not contain the lyrics Little Edie is singing... I wonder if she is making up those lyrics?
karen24 said: "I agree with most of your descriptions, but I'm not sure about "Hominy Grits." I thought it was supposed to illustrate that Big Edie *wants* to be progressive and avant-garde, but really doesn't have a clue about what that means, because that song (and the other one she's rehearsing, "Itty Bitty Geisha" are so incredibly racist. I don't think any real black person would ever have sung a song like "Hominy Grits." Or am I missing something?"No, you are right. Big Edie CALLS those numbers her "freedom songs", but the other adults know they are an embarrassment. "Hominy Grits" is a pastiche of songs like "My Mammy" (which Liza Minnelli sang on TV as recently as 1972) and "Swanee": songs by and for white performers in imitation of imagined African-American minstrel songs.And "Hominy Grits" seems to be a plot point in a relatively plotless show: Big Edie's father, Mr. Bouvier, appears to wash his hands of his daughter when he sees what she plans to sing at the big society engagement party. This--along with the abandonment by her husband, Mr. Beale--seems to explain the isolation and poverty in which the Edies live in later life.***Norman Vincent Peale's THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING was a best-seller for much of the 20th century and is the forerunner of movements such as today's "Prosperity Gospel", in which unfortunate people are told their troubles are due to a lack of right thinking, rather than ill health or social inequities.His inclusion in GG, Act II, is heavily ironic. Whatever one thinks of the Edies, they are beyond the point of helping themselves with nothing but positive thinking.
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