RnQ logs a
lot of miles on the road to competitions -- our average
drive is six and a half hours one way. As you can
imagine, that leaves us plenty of time to listen to
satellite blues radio.
And on one of those really long drives, we came up with
our "Dead Skunk
Theory of Classic Blues".
Simply stated, a blues song is ideally suited for our
contest playlist if the rhythm and meter of the lyrics
permit insertion of the words "dead skunk in the
middle of the road" between bars.
Here, you can try it yourself, along with Mr. Johnson's
immortal tribute. You know you want to.
Come on, baby don't you want
to go (DEAD SKUNK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD)
Come on, baby don't you want to go (DEAD SKUNK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD) Back to that same old place
Sweet home, Chicago! (DEAD SKUNK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD)
And wouldn't you know, what started as a one-ride,
miles-punchy moment of hilarity subsequently became a
cornerstone of our good-luck rituals around every
contest. Without fail, at some point on the drive in
or at the site itself, we must sing "Dead
Skunk" along to at least one classic blues song.