Sunday, December 20, 2009

Zappadan Eve

It's Zappadan Eve, that glorious day preceding the birth of Frank. Why do they call it Zappadan Eve when the festival starts back on December 4? I don't know, it's one of the many mysteries of Zappadan.

You know, it's hard to imagine now, but back in 1993, folks didn't even have a clue that they were actually living through history. Sure, they knew that Frank Zappa had left this mortal coil that dreary December day that they dubbed BummerNacht. And sure, they new their hearts were filled with darkness. What they didn't know, what they couldn't begin to fathom, was that eighteen days later, on December 21st, Frank Zappa would be born. Quite simply, it had never happened before, and the odds are, it will never happen again. And that is why we celebrate.

"There will come a time when everybody who is lonely will be free to sing and dance and love," Frank told us. "There will come a time when every evil that we know will be an evil that we can rise above," he added, reminding us that all things are possible. "Who cares if you're so poor you can't afford to buy a pair of Mod A Go-Go stretch-elastic pants? There will come a time when you can even take your clothes off when you dance!" Indeed that day has come. But just as soon as the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, get dressed and get your ass back to work.

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