I was at a barbecue at a friend’s house a few years ago, and as usually happens at these sorts of events, at the start of the do all of the guests remained in their own little groups, chatting and catching up with people they knew, but as the afternoon moved into evening, and the booze (and maybe some other social lubricants) had its required effect, people began to break rank and start talking to people they’d never met before.
I found myself talking at one point to a chap from Nigeria. Like me, he had a shaved head, wore glasses, and was of a similar frame to myself. The only difference was our skin colour. We got on enormously well, and he then began introducing me to his friends as his “brother from another mother”, which pleased me immensely.
The talk turned to music, and he announced that he knew all of the words to today’s song. Challenge accepted, the tune in question was located, whacked on the sound-system, and my new brother delivered a faultless rendition.
So here’s a life-lesson: if ever anyone tells you that they know all of the words to Rapper’s Delight, let them prove it. If they’re right (and generally, people don’t make that kind of announcement if they can’t), it’s an absolute joy to experience.
Just listening to it also a fine way to get your week started: