Mascherina

Did you wear your Mascherina on May Day? I finally got my latest parody finished. There are no cats or Lego® characters in this one. It’s weird. It’s a little different. It’s ridiculous, and it’s bloody awful. Basically everything a parody should be. I think you might enjoy it.

My inspiration for making a parody of Los del Río’s Macarena using the line “Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina!” in the chorus came from Siogiovanni’s post Buona domenica ! Sono pronto al ballo in mascherina… The moment I saw the title of his post I thought it would be perfect for a parody of Macarena. I suggested that Siogiavaonni do the parody, but I have to assume that Signor Giovanni has a normal mind, unlike mine that is a bit twisted.

After I suggested the parody, my twisted mind couldn’t let go of it, so I looked up a video of Macarena that has English and Spanish, Los Del Rio – Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix), got the music off of it, and wrote the lyrics with the chorus in Italian:

Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!

The chorus for Macarena is

Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegria cosa buena
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena
Hey Macarena!

Writing the lyrics was one thing, singing them was another. I about killed myself trying to sing the chorus. I’m just a slow-talking country boy who grew up playing in the mud along the Rio Grande. Rattling off a chorus in Italian at warp speed was nearly an insurmountable task. However, after practicing all of last weekend, I finally got through it, shy a few brain cells from lack of oxygen, and my mind twisted up a little tighter after many attempts at getting through just two repeats of the chorus, let alone all eleven times the chorus is repeated in the song. I had to do two tracks for the chorus singing with myself, which doubled the effort. It would have been nice to simply duplicate the first successful vocal track, but duplicate tracks are identical and still sounds like one person singing. Søren wanted to help sing, but it was too much for his bird brain, as well. However, he can dance Il Mascherina really well.

I decided that Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones (Los del Río) are not really from this world as they can sing Macarena effortlessly without breathing. We saw them in concert at Parque de Atracciones de Madrid in Madrid, Spain a couple of years after they released Macarena. They were excellent performers and rattled off “Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena…” effortlessly and as clear as a bell at warp speed. I didn’t think much about it back then. Now I am very impressed with those two after making this parody.

I never liked Macarena very much, therefore, I added a guitar track to the recording to add interest and counterpoint. I played my Black Beauty Strat on the recording. It’s the most recent of my custom guitars that I finished a couple of months ago. The masked guitarist plays Black Beauty in the video.

Mascherina

Music: Los del Río
Lyrics: Timothy Price

Intro
I’m only trying to make you laugh

Verse 1
Now I dance alone in a mascherina
Women stood in line, que estoy kinda buena
To dance with me I tell you no lies
Back in the day, they were grand ol’ times
Now I dance alone, what can I say
For these are sad and lonely days

Chorus
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!
Ay!
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!
Ay!

Verse 2
Now don’t you worry about my girlfriend
Her name is I don’t have a girlfriend
In these days of Covid cooties
All I can do is dream about the cuties

Bridge
Well, what am I supposed to do?
Can’t go out and mascherina fits so fine

Chorus
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!
Ay!
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!
Ay!

Bridge 2
Ok! Ok! It’s bloody awful

Bridge 3
Ma-Ma-Mascherina
Ma-Ma-Mascherina

Ma-Ma-Mascherina
Bridge 4
Mascherina
Mascherina
Mascherina

Chorus
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!
Ay!
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!
Ay!

Verse 3
Find me dancing solo in a mascherina
Can’t go out and party con las chicas que son buena
So we can dance on Zoom, Zoom Zoom with me
Put on a mask and chant with me

Chorus repeated five times
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
Sono diventare ballerina quarantena
Andare a ballare ballo in a mascherina
In mascherina!
Ay!

56 thoughts on “Mascherina

    • Thanks, Maj and Sher. This was one that, like many movies, the “making of” is as interesting, maybe more so, than the video. When we lived in Spain they called “Making ofs”, “Making offs”, making off is easier to say.

  1. Oh my gosh! The best thing ever!! You are talented beyond words. Living in Miami I’m so Macarena Ed out bitch this is the very best. Timothy. ThaNks , I smiled so big.

    • Thank you so much, Holly. Macarena is still popular in Miami? I remember in the 90s when it was big and very annoying. I’m so happy you liked it. I was worth all the trouble, and almost dying just to make you smile.

      • I truly smiled so big. You’re amazing! The Macarena is still quite a joke here and one will often find it right up there at weddings with the chicken dance and electric slide. You are talented !

      • It’s amazing how some things persist. Back in the 70s when I started playing in bands, one song we had to know to get gigs was Proud Mary. I never liked that song, but we had to learn it and someone always requested it.

        Several years ago I was helping an older couple in our bonsai club with repairs around their house. They lived next to a high school. While I was outside working on something, I could hear the school’s marching band practice. I was astonished to hear the band playing the same old crapping marching band songs that I played in marching band 30 years earlier. I was shaking my head asking myself “don’t things ever change?”

      • Some things never change Timothy. I know what you mean about the marching band. The only school bands I see playing different “stuff” it Texas A * M! Have a lovely day !

    • Thanks, Puzzlblume. I’m happy you enjoyed it. A little bit humor with some pretty birds.

  2. Well, this is one of your best video so far, Tim. Just like you, I never liked the original Macarena, but your cover is way way better. The synchronisation with the moving birds was so funny! Thanks for giving my morning start a boost!

    • Thanks, Herman. I’m happy to give you a nice boost this morning. In the second to the last chorus, Søren mouths or beaks, whichever, “mascherina”. He was a good sport to dance for the video.

  3. Tim that is the best thing I have ever seen I have a smile on my face from the very beginning it is wonderful so clever

    • Hi Patti. I’m really happy you liked it and that it made you smile. We all need to smile these days. How are you all getting along during lockdown?

  4. OMG Tim that was *hilarious*. The best part was when you hit the backdrop with your hand while you were doing the dance at your keyboard – and you used that take!!!! You made me chuckle. Also the inclusion of random nature photography was priceless, and I’m not just talking about how beautiful peacocks are.

    • Thanks, Lyn. I’m really happy you got a kick out of it. Part of parody is to leave it things like hitting the backdrop in the video. Goofs like that add to the silliness.

    • Thank you so much, Gabriela. I’m really flattered. I’m really happy you enjoyed it. We all need some hiliarity during these times.

      • My pleasure Timothy. I agree with you. We all need some hilarity during difficult times.
        But what are we doing with that incredible talent of yours? Your talent is stunning. You should do something about. Put those short videos in a collection.. most people will be thrilled to watch them .. do an EP I don’t know Timothy. Think about.

  5. Bloody awful? How about bloody fabulous! I wasn’t sure where you were headed with the girls in skimpy clothes, but you got on track. The bobbing owlets are adorable. It was pos-i-lutely wonderful to see the parrots again. This is great campy fun, Tim. The guitar work (and the actual guitar) is beautiful and adds just a bit of a surreal feel to the video. Hugs on the wing.

    • Thanks, Teagan. I’m really happy you think it’s bloody fabulous. It’s bloody silly, which is the intent. I ran into the models when I was in town a few years ago. They were in bikinis doing a charity car wash. As true models, when they saw I had a camera, they went into modeling mode. They were really sweet, beautiful young women. I didn’t have time to wait in line to get my car washed, so I gave a donation to the charity. The models were perfect for the parody. In the original song, Macarena has a boyfriend and while he is being inscripted into the army, she goes off with two of his friends for a threesome. Macarena is a tart.

  6. Ti ringrazio per la citazione e sono felice di averti ispirato per questa parodia. Sì, hai ragione, io sono una persona “normale” e non ci sarei mai riuscito a fare quello che hai fatto tu !…Ognuno di noi ha delle qualita’ proprie. La parodia mi è piaciuta molto ! Magari in futuro ti ispirero’ qualcos’altro…Ciao e Buona serata !

    • Thanks, Signor Govanni. I’m happy you liked the parody. It’s great that a “normal guy” like you can inspire a twisted mind like mine. I’ll be on the lookout for more inspiration from your posts.

    • I am so happy you liked it, Tiffany. You humble me watching it twice. The little owls are so cute the way the bob around.

    • Thanks, Lavinia. I’ve had less time to work on music with both of us working from home. I go into the office at least 2 days a week, also. But I keep getting all kinds of inspirations for parodies and feel compelled to make them.

  7. ALRIGHT!
    Fabulous Tim! I don’t know where to start? There is so much fun in this video. Okay… the lyrics rule, ya did great with the chorus, you look fab in the mask, Black Beauty is gorgeous, (how many guitars do you have, all in all?) amazing how you got the owlets to dance along (although mama did not look amused) your peacock came out in full colours, (he’s still there!) Søren can really dance ( are there 2 Sørens, or is there some photography trick?) and in the end, you can dance, you can dance you can really dance!
    Thank you so much for your creative diligence to bring us this fun!

    • Thanks, Resa. I currently have 11 guitars. I’m thinking about doing another coustom guitar. Isn’t it fun how the owlets sway their heads? Only one Søren. Our neighbor did not like the peacock and called animal control. Animal control found a place with peacock hens and they came a took the peacock. I could have kept him, but I would have had to build an eclosure to keep him from going over to the neighbor’s property. We figured he’d be happier with the girls.

      • Well, you make gorgeous guitars! Why not have 12?
        Yeah, I suppose Mr. P will be happier with the girls. Still, you got some fab shots!
        Great post! Thank you so much!!

  8. Well, Macarena was more bad than the “hippie” episode on ST: TOS. The hippie episode, BTW, was replayed on one of the local digital TV channels tonight. At least they had some snappy tunes on the hippie episode. 🙂

    • Hi David. I don’t know what the hippie episode is. Macarena is snappy and the original lyrics a bit spicy, the song is very repetitive.

      • The hippie episode is when Captain Kirk and crew come across of a wayward band of “travelers” who reject technology while searching for Eden. The travelers are led by a psychotic, formerly brillant scientist. The dialog is very 1966-ish.

  9. I feel a bit worried. I am starting to really like your parodies. The owlets are the perfect backing dancers. I dare say I’ll have this one in my head for a day or two.

    • My apologies for the tune sticker, but I’m happy you liked it. The owlets are pretty good dancers. Thanks, Susan.

    • Thanks, Julie. Im happy you had a goof time with Mascherina. My brain still hasn’t recovered fromt he chorus.

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