I never had a post with the name Fandango in it before, and it is about time, as this guy is somebody that I really admire for all the effort that he puts into the WordPress community. My first contact with the word fandango came from that Procol Harum song ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, which starts out with, “We skipped the light fandango”. which I have pondered the meaning of many times. If Fandango is a person, did they ignore fandango because they felt that he was a light weight, not able to keep up with the party? If fandango is a dance, did they think that the steps were too difficult to follow, so they did not participate in it? I doubt that, because these people were able to do cartwheels across the floor. My research of the word fandango led me to the Harold Karr and Matt Dubey song ‘New-Fangled Tango’, which is a song that comes from Act II of Happy Hunting in the 1956 Broadway musical. This song has the lyrics, “A waltz or fandango” and it was later covered by Lena Horn and Dinah Shore.
The next time that I came across the word fandango was while watching Wayne’s World, when they sang along to the Queen song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, “Scaramouche, Scaramouche will you do the fandango?” In 1976, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Romance in Durango’ where he says, “Soon you will be dancing the fandango”. The Clash recorded a song ‘Midnight to Stevens’ which was about Guy Stevens their London Calling producer and in this they say, “Oh skip that fandango”, because Procol Harum got their name from Stevens’ Burmese Blue cat. The Cars song ‘It’s Not the Night’ says, “your last fandango” and later they recorded ‘I’m in Touch With Your World’ which has the lyrics, “You’re a flick fandango party.” Roxy Music recorded ‘Do The Strand’ which contains the lyrics, “Fed up with fandango.” The fandango dance begins conventionally with a gavotte-like melody, which reminds me of that Carly Simon song ‘You’re So Vein’, which has the lyrics “As you watched yourself Gavotte and all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner.”
The dictionary has two different meanings for the word fandango where one is a lively Spanish dance for two people, typically accompanied by castanets or tambourine and the other is a foolish or useless act or thing. I also read that the word fandango can be used as a synonym for “a quarrel”, “a big fuss”, or “a brilliant exploit”. I heard a rumor that Mrs. Fandango makes Fandango wear that paper bag over his head, because all the girls were dreaming that they would be his partner and I guess it is working as they seem to be happy.
Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August FDDA #8 where the prompt is something or someone that you admire.