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Rockin’ Sydney & Krackaw’s Shoes

Ooooo wow! A friend has found some significance with this song and posted it regarding a friend of his, performed by a different artist, John Fogerty. But for me, “My Toot Toot” by Rockin’ Sydney (1985) strikes a highly sensitive chord. I would have been 2 years old when this show was shot.

I was thrilled to find the video on YouTube about three years ago, give or take. I had never seen the song performed. I showed it to my mom and grandmother. They were in tears.

My grandparents have had a stereo system in the living room for years. My grandpa, “Krackaw”, as we called him (coined by cousin Jennifer), would have me stand on his shoes, maybe from the time this was recorded, and he would dance around with me to this song. Those memories are positively the best and earliest ones I have of him.

Gran Torino came out not terribly long ago. Clint Eastwood’s character is a crotchety old man who doesn’t necessarily hate his Chinese neighbors but finds them to be nuisances. Especially since they were – well, various epitaphs that I’ll not repeat – and he was a Korean War Veteran. My grandpa was one to throw out li’l zingers, most funny, some not. Throughout the movie, (spoiler) Eastwood’s character opens up to his neighbors, and I could see such moving similarities between Eastwood’s character *seriously verklempt here* and my grandpa. My Aunt Lynne, the eldest sibling/daughter even said that she could see Krackaw pulling a stunt like he did at the end – don’t worry, no ending spoiler.

Let’s just say, I couldn’t watch the movie the last time Hojo put it in the DVD player.

R.I.P. – Paul Eugene Lieber, November 28, 2001


3 thoughts on “Rockin’ Sydney & Krackaw’s Shoes

  1. I’m pretty sure this is a standard for Zydeco bands in LOOOZIANA. I’ve seen this guy several times. As for John Fogerty – he is a mighty accomplished musician. But a big chunk of his career is covering tunes written by others (Proud Mary, Midnight Special, and others)! It is amazing how certain songs trigger specific memories isn’t it? For every girlfriend it seems like there is a song that automatically takes me right to that memory!

    1. It’s absolutely incredible what nostalgia does to a person! Whenever I heard “Ghetto Superstar” I think of my first boyfriend. He’s irish and such, but we danced to that at my prom. Hojo will forever be entangled with “O, Brother Where Art Thou?” songs. 🙂

      1. It’s weird but I know exactly what you mean. However, I refrain from divulging specifics as there are those with access to my social networking who have the ability to “air my dirty laundry”. 🙂

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