By Aldea Wood of Eclipse Creative
Listening to Raffi records was a big part of my childhood. I fondly remember seeing him perform at the Children’s festival in Vanier Park. Anyone remember “Baby Beluga,” “The more we get together,” “Peanut Butter Sandwich Made with Jam” and the oh-so fun to sing “Down by the Bay”?
Raffi hasn’t stopped making music since the seventies, and has recently put out a new song from his home on Saltspring Island. It is called Tweet Me Right (The Cairo Tango):
Here is the youtube synopsis:
“The peaceful revolution in his birthplace of Egypt inspired Raffi to write this song. Partly playful satire with its social media colloquialisms, it is also a celebration: all of our voices can now be heard, and we can all become part of rapid and powerful change.”
A play on the words “Treat Me Right,” the song is about people around the world standing up and asking to be treated with respect and dignity. The social media references are very fitting since the use of social media in organizing social uprisings across the middle east and northern africa is likely unprecedented.
The main chorus goes something like this: OMG, LOL, BRB, TTYL, TMR – Tweet Me Right
I know most of the acronyms, and he has provided a new one for the song (TMR – Tweet Me Right), but I hadn’t heard BRB before. I asked Dave, an active social media enthusiast in the office, if he knows what BRB stands for. He started laughing and asked if I was serious… Apparently it means “Be right back!” Looks like even in adulthood, Raffi (and Dave) is still teaching me.
For those like me who are still puzzled by odd social acronyms, here is a guide so you don’t have to embarrass yourself in front of avid texters, tweeters and Facebook fans alike (I don’t have a Facebook account):
OMG – Oh my god
LOL – Laughing out loud
BRB – Be right back
LMFAO – Laugh my F***** A** off
TTYL – Talk to you later
and a new one:
TMR – Tweet me right!
What do you think about the song? Is it “kid appropriate”? Did you listen to Raffi growing up? Willing to share any other crazy acronyms I should be picking up?