Dad’s Encounter With En Vogue.

This happened almost twenty years ago.  I was in the dining room of my parents apartment where the television is located.

I was watching VH1 and En Vogue‘s song, Giving Him Something He Can Feel came on.  


The video was shot in a nightclub and had the ladies coming up to the tables and singing.  For those, who saw the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it was a bit like watching Jessica Rabbit.



At this point, I am getting up there in age, but still in some ways a kid at heart.  I was suddenly aware of a presence behind me.  It was my Dad.

You have to understand something.  For Dad, the last great composer was Giacomo Puccini.  He died two years before my dad was born.


He looked at the video in shock, then horror.  I think he thought his only son rented a porn film.  On his television!

His jaw began to drop, and he pointed at the television.

What is that?

They are En Vogue, I responded.

Dad didn’t miss a beat.  He looked at the video, then at me and said “No they’re not.”

I didn’t have a clever comeback after that and turned VH1 off so he could watch the news.



About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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