I spent the last few days in Ottawa visiting my folks. I do a fare bit of cooking for them when I’m there and while I was at it in the kitchen there was a clementine on the counter that I decided to have. Not in the mood for my usual sit down, eat it one section at a time approach I decided to take the knife I was cutting vegetables with and slice it down the middle as if I were cutting a grapefruit. I took one half of the fruit and pushed gently on the outside end to push the fruit away from the skin. The little sections separated themselves from the peel with ease and I was able to remove the fruit in one or two quick bites. Like eating a section of an orange but with the undeniable sweetness of a clementine.
This weeks song of the week has been chosen in honour of my temporary cooking companion.
"My Darling Clementine" is an American Western folk ballad supposedly written by a man named Percy Montrose though some credit Barker Bradford. It was chosen as one of the top 100 Western Songs of all times by the Western Writers of America. When you first begin to listen to the lyrics it sounds like a sad song about a man suffering from the loss of his sweetheart who was the daughter of a miner. As you continue to listen to the lyrics it becomes evident that the song is actually a tongue and cheek parody of a sad tune.
Though not the first to record the song, Bing Crosby’s version really popularized "My Darling Clementine" in 1941; at one point it reached number 20 on the Billboard charts. If you Google the tune you can see how frequently it has been incorporated into television and films.
"My Darling Clementine" is almost definitely from the soundtrack of your older adult fitness participants lives so it’s familiarity will resonate with them. I’m quite sure you’ll hear some singing along when you play it. You will have to do a bit of searching for a version that has a tempo you can use. The song is generally slow so perhaps it is best to use it as a cool down song or a tune to slow down the pace mid-class.