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I'm a Minstrel (In the Bedroom)

In addition to having seen her on stage over the last few Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, Amanda Buckley offers some of the best street theatre when flyering for her shows (handing out advertising flyers to passing strangers in the street) or running into fellow performers heading to or from a venue. That’s cos, being a crack improviser, she's always able to turn the interaction into something. While I’m looking forward to seeing her – and the rest of the cast – in the excellent Beaconsfield - The Musical at this year’s MICF (it’s also playing Adelaide Fringe), for the time being, her Facebook keeps me amused.

Lately she’s taken to adding ‘…and I’m a minstrel’ to her status updates, after a certain Pappy’s Fun Club item (see it from about four-and-a-half minutes in the clip below) and because she plays the lute herself.

Recently, her status update announced the she was "24 hours from Tulsa. And a minstrel." That was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“I thought you were the man who shot Liberty Valence. And a minstrel," I offered, continuing the Gene Pitney theme. (Pitney sang both songs.)

But then Amanda countered “… see, there’s always someone there to remind me...." adding, “oh dear - this could get out of hand!"

And she was right: now that I realised the theme was Burt Bacharach (composer of the music to these songs), I had the perfect comeback: there is indeed always someone there to remind me, I agreed, “and baby, it’s you. And a minstrel.”

Suddenly it was like that fortune cookie game where you add “in the bedroom” to every dubiously ‘new age’ phrase. But I had the unfair advantage – the recently released three-disc set Magic Moments – The Definitive Burt Bacharach Collection was still on heavy rotation in my computer, so the cover was within reach.


Now I had a whole barrage of such comments, at my fingertips:

This guy’s in love with you. And a minstrel.

God give me strength. And a minstrel.

Raindrops keep falling on my head. And a minstrel.

Make it easy on yourself. And a minstrel.

Trains and boats and planes. And a minstrel.

Wives and lovers. And a minstrel.

Anyone who had a heart. And a minstrel.

Feel free to add some of your own.

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