Thursday, April 11, 2013

Aunt Jemima

I sing. Yes, I sing. Mostly silly songs. I sing silly songs that I make up for the occasion. Any occasion. And my children roll their eyes. My son attempts to cover my mouth. But, still I sing!

This is really true. I can make up just about any song for any topic. Both the lyrics and the music. Later, I never remember them, but it gives me great joy while in the mist of composing and singing.

I also have a collection of jingles that I remember from television commercials while growing up. Perhaps my favorite is the 1960s song from the Aunt Jemima pancake and syrup commercial.

"Aunt Jemima pancakes without her syrup is like the spring without the fall. Only one thing worse in this universe, and that's no Aunt Jemima at all."

I sing it when making pancakes. I have an old amber glass bottle shaped like Aunt Jemima that I refill with syrup and serve with the pancakes. I sing while putting the bottle and pancakes on the table. My children roll their eyes. 

But someday, when I'm gone, they will reminisce about how I could make up silly songs for any occasion and they will say, "Remember when she made pancakes, she would bring out the old Aunt Jemima bottle and sing the Aunt Jemima song? How did it go? Oh, yeah, I remember. 'Aunt Jemima pancakes without her syrup . . . '"

Yep, that's what my silly songs are all about - making memories - one song at a time!

Should you want to start your own Aunt Jemima tradition you can learn to sing the Aunt Jemima song from this 1967 television commercial with the jingle!


You may also want the wonderful amber brown glass syrup bottle shaped like Aunt Jemima. She has arms folded in front over a big apron with a big bow tied at the back. She is a welcome guest at any breakfast table where waffles or pancakes are served with tasty syrup. Available at the Ruby Slipper Vintage Etsy Shop.

But then again, maybe not!

1 comment:

  1. That jingle has rolled around my head for years. Until now, i never could remember that last line. Also, i too can make up lyrics fpr just about anything. Unlke you, im told to grow up.


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