I'm in love with vintage pink bathrooms so I couldn't help but snatch up this album recently. It was given out by the American Standard plumbing company and is chock full of sing-along tunes for your next bath.
Music for Bathroom Baritones and Bathing Beauties
I'm not sure how many people had or have record players in their bathroom but honestly, I think that it might be a good trend.
The description on the record jacket is a little bit wild and wordy saying things like:
"Now...perhaps bathing isn't the social event it used to be, and we aren't suggesting that you have to be slightly mad to appreciate a violin air, but we do believe that a good soak and a good song are still effective to relieve tensions."
Don't you miss the days when bathing was a social event? I know that I do!
Whoa Nellie! Okay..okay...I promise to never reference the 70's hot tub culture again. Not without warning you at least. Let's tighten the belts of our robes a little tighter, gather our wits about us and move on, shall we?
The text is actually referring to the first paragraph's preening about how the ancient Romans used to go to bath houses:
"Forgotten were the latest nuisance taxes levied by an autocratic caesar, the ominous rumblings of barbarians, massing on the eastern borders..."
Calgon! Take me away from the nuisance taxes and the ominous rumblings of barbarians!
Later on in the text:
"We have music to dine by, to wine by, to sleep by, to weep by, to fly by and to buy by - in short - we have music for any mood, any activity. Yet a few areas have remained untouched. That's why it's fitting that American Standard - the world's best maker of quality bathroom fixtures - and RCA Victor have united to fill in one gap by bringing you 'Music for Bathroom Baritones and Bathing Beauties'.."
God bless American Standard. I DO love their fixtures and you can't beat RCA Victor for a good time...so, I'm in!
The album contains such classics as "The Whiffenpoof Song", "Flirtation Walk" and "Paddlin' Madeline Home".
I think that I kind of love the idea of someone singing lyrics such as these from "The Whiffenpoof Song" at the top of their lungs while in the tub:
"We're poor little lambs who have lost our way
Baa, baa, baa
We're little black sheep who have gone astray
Baa, baa, baa
Gentleman songsters off on a spree
Doomed from here to eternity
Lord have mercy on such as we
Baa, baa, baa"
Why, your upstairs neighbors will think that you've gone simply mad! Yes!
I'll leave you with these inspiring words for the next time that you rub-a-dub:
"After all, in the bathtub every man is a golden-toned Caruso..."
"...every woman a silver-voiced nightingale."
Until next time...(be sure and wash behind your ears now!)
x's and o's,