This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

May 1, 2009

Old School Friday at the Scribe Family Reunion

Filed under: Old School Friday, Uncategorized — Tags: , — pprscribe @ 9:58 am
"Fourth of July celebration, St. Helena Island, SC." NY Public Library,

"Fourth of July celebration, St. Helena Island, SC." NY Public Library,

I could have chosen music for this week’s OSF theme in my sleep. I already have an iPod playlist full of songs to play on a Saturday afternoon under the picnic shelter, holding somebody’s new baby, barbeque sauce drying on my chin, top button of my jeans undone, listening for the umpteenth time to the story about [fill in the blank with an oft-told family story from your experience].

I have recently returned “home” after being away in other cities (and one other country) for two decades. Being so close to family again has had its good points and its not-so-good. But I would not change it—especially at this time in my life—for all the world.

Our family reunions as of the past several years have been pretty elaborate affairs: t-shirts, casino night, raffles, meet-end-greets, huge trays of food, family talent show, formal group photographs. At some point we all decided that we needed to get together for more than just funerals—this, after getting together for the 4th or 5th funeral.

As the oldest grandchild, I find that I am now moving into being an “elder.” I don’t know how I feel about this. I certainly do not feel like an “elder.” Now that I am back, I suspect that more will be expected of me…that I’ll have to take on more responsibilities for the reunion and other family drama business. (I already messed up by missing the first family reunion planning meeting of the year. I have, apparently, been forgiven.)

I can only hope that I will be as up for the task as this current generation has been. In the meantime, maybe I can get away with just being the family DJ…

Grab a plate, y’all, and enjoy a few of my favorite family reunion tunes. At the Scribe family reunion if you’re here, you’re family.


“Grazing in the Grass” by Hugh Masekela

“Summer Madness” by Kool and the Gang

“Golden time of Day” by Maze

“Tighten Up, Pt 1” by Archie Bell and the Drells

***As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at (her new place) Conversations with Marva and MrsGrapevine.***


  1. Your choices show you really do have an iPod list of great tunes for the occasion. 🙂 Sounds like you’ve got the family from the movies, and that’s good. Embrace being the elder. If you didn’t show wisdom, believe me, they’d skip over you. LOL. Happy OSF!

    Comment by Verite Parlant — May 1, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  2. Love, love, love your picks! all perfect for a reunion! I especially love Grazin in the grass and tighten up!!

    Comment by regina — May 1, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  3. Tighten Up! Now that brings back memories of my carefree life. I was still at home and my folks were paying my bills!

    This is a great list. Some of my favorite tunes are on it.

    We have something in common. I am the oldest grandchild in my family. I didn’t meet anyone’s expectations except my own. 😉 It helped me to keep sane in the midst of my family.

    Happy OSF to you!

    Comment by ladydeborah — May 1, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  4. You and I have much in common…I am also amongst the older grandchildren and it is becoming more and more my turn to plan/organize/work at these functions…I haven’t decided how I feel about that yet.

    But these songs? Perfection…

    Comment by Marvalus — May 1, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

  5. Verite, I am trying to embrace the new role. Feels like I have moved up from the kids folding card table to eat with the adults in the formal dining room! LOL

    Regina, that is one of my favs, too. I also like the Friends of Distinction version.

    LadyDeborah—eldest represent! LOL Tighten Up is truly carefree. You cannot *not* smile when hearing it. Thanks for you encouraging words about setting/meeting expectations.

    I hear you, Marvalus. It is a strange feeling to be moving into a different family role. It is a huge responsibility, as well: kinkeepers…

    Thanks to you all—I am so happy you enjoyed my picks. Hope your OSF was wonderful!

    Comment by pprscribe — May 2, 2009 @ 9:20 am

  6. The playlist was exceptional for this theme. I remember them all fondly.

    Comment by revvy rev — May 2, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

  7. The Scribe family sounds like a cool group. Wonderful playlist.

    Comment by Hagar's Daughter — May 3, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

  8. Thanks for dropping by, revvy rev and HD! Enjoyed both of your OSF picks as well.

    Comment by pprscribe — May 4, 2009 @ 9:48 am

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