While not a “recovery day”, today is intended to be a very easy workout day. I swam this morning (3400m) and there may be a very easy 60 minute ride in the books later on if it warms up outside any, meaning there is lots of opportunity today for Day 104 of the core program. Today’s mat session is from my Cornball collection of albums, the Firehouse Five Plus Two ‘Goes to Sea‘.
I have no idea why I purchased this. There was just something about the picture on the front cover of this firehouse jazz band gaily marching off into a breaking surf that just lured me in.
Call me crazy.
Anyway, funny thing about the record itself, that even though the album cover looks like it’s been through the war and chewed to pieces by rats, the record itself is in pristine condition with not a mark on it. In fact, it might just be among the best playing records in my collection with nary a snap, crackle, pop or hiss on it of any kind; I didn’t even have to clean it!
First, let’s discuss the Firehouse Five Plus Two.
Believe it or not, these guys are a top not Dixieland Jazz Band popular in the 1950’s consisting of members of the Walt Disney Studios animation department. The band was active from 1949 to 1972, playing and recording while never giving up their day jobs as animators and artists with the Walt Disney Studios.
They appeared in several Disney television specials, including the very first special in 1950, ‘One Hour In Wonderland’. They also appeared on the early Mickey Mouse Club television shows and appeared in animated form in the 1953 Goofy animated short, ‘How to Dance‘ and the 1999 direct to video Christmas film ‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas’ in the “Gift of the Magi” sequence.
And now, apparently, they are going to sea. There is sufficient evidence of that, right from the beginning. Bodies splash into the sea, foghorns blast, and the soprano sax sends a plaintive SOS. As usual, many of the tunes are not traditional Dixieland fare: ‘The Good Ship Lollipop‘, ‘Minnie the Mermaid‘, ‘Anchors Aweigh‘, ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea‘, and ‘Many Brave Hearts Lie Asleep in the Deep‘, for example (‘Over the Waves‘ is simply perfect for that oom-pah-pah tuba-banjo combo that only classic Dixieland Jazz can provide). But the group gives them all the full Dixieland treatment, and a wonderful time is apparently had by all.
Albeit I’m sure they got a little wet.
Definitely a fun listen through today’s series of planks, push-ups, v-sits, crunches and deep squats. In fact, it was so much fun that I’m going upgrade this album out of my Cornball collection and straight into my Jazz Boner collection instead. It’s that dang good.
Not bad for a much of Disney animation geeks.