Thursday, October 15, 2009

More Cowbell

More Cowbell I don't know about you; but I love songs with a lot of "Cowbell". Here's a link to the classic Saturday Night Live skit called "More Cowbell" with Christopher Walken as producer "Bruce Dickenson" and Will Ferrell as "Gene Frenkle" on the cowbell. The band here is playing the song "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult and "Bruce has the fever for more cowbell".

Other notable songs with a cowbell include "Time Has Come Today" by the "Chambers Brothers Band", "Honky Tonk Woman" by the "Rolling Stones", and "Mississippi Queen" by "Mountain" . What is your favorite cowbell influenced song?

I remember growing up in Simsbury, Connecticut my Mom used to call me for dinner when I was outside playing with the neighborhood kids either in the woods across the street from our house or playing in the small stream and pond down the road by yelling "Riiiicccckkkkyyyyy, and ringing a cowbell from outside our back door. Other neighborhood Moms would also call their kids as well; so sometimes the Connecticut hills were alive with the sounds of "Riiiicccckkkkiyyyyy ring,ring,ring,ring, ring, Miichaaaeeelll, Beeeernnniieeee, and Bruuuuccceeee," among others in a chorus of homecoming dinner announcements. So, similar to the famous Pavlov and the dog experiments hearing my Mom ring the cowbell would make my mouth salivate at the prospect of a yummy dinner.


  1. How funny! All the mothers on our block in Silver Spring MD used bells to call children home. Everybody's bell sounded different and we recognized which one was ours, of course.

    Then I went to college and hung out with a group of friends who enjoyed drinking a few beers or purple passions before a basketball game. We had the brilliant idea to go to a farm supply store and buy cowbells for the basketball games. We each had one and we sold some to other people. Marietta gained a reputation for having the noisiest gym. We tried it at a game in the Muskingum gym once, but officials asked us to put the bells away.

    I still have that cowbell and used it to call my children home for dinner in Davis CA. They much prefer that to the embarrassment of hearing their mother's shrill voice calling their names!

  2. Good story as well,Barb, believe it or not some of the Moms on Cape Cod call their kids home by blowing on conch shells and it sounds almost like Viking horns.

    Sounds like I missed a few wild Marietta BBall games.