Monday, August 11, 2008
He's a bad motha
Shut yo' mouth!
I pondered many titles for this post, like:
"He's a complicated man, and no one understands him but Tom Cruise"
"Who is the man, who was on TV yesterday talkin' bout Bernie Mac?"
How unreal is that? Just Saturday, Isaac Hayes was on our local (Memphis) news stations talking about Bernie Mac, who had died that day. And then, Jason gets online yesterday and exclaims, "Isaac Hayes has died!"
(And I'm pretty sure Jason only knows who that is because we moved to this area, and Isaac Hayes used to operate an eponymous restaurant at one of the malls here. Hot buttered soul, indeed!)
And then last night, we were at our small group meeting, and my phone (which I usually switch to silent at such events) rings, and it's my mom, asking if Isaac Hayes is really dead.
Because when you pick up the tail end of a photo montage on a news cast, that's the first thing you assume, right?
And living in this area, I'm pretty sure I'll have the theme to Shaft running through my head for like, the next week or so.
Just like last year when I mused that it was completely awesome that James Brown, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, had to work hard even after death - multiple funerals, multiple costume changes, and a several-month delay in being interred - I think that Isaac Hayes needs an equally-awesome sendoff.
Like, they need to bury him in that get-up from the Oscars that year that the theme from Shaft was nominated - gold chains and all - in a solid-gold coffin. Maybe with a red-velvet interior, and some diamond-shaped windows.
And a rag top.
That would be awesome.
Can you dig it?