Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Dinah Shore Era

Imogen was saying "dinosaur" the other day and it sounded like "Dinah Shore." When I thought more about the name Dinah, I had to admit I am a product of our American culture. As a kid, when singing I've Been Working on the Railroad, I envisioned Dinah Shore hanging off the train, blowing the horn, her blond hair flying in the wind. "In the kitchen with Dinah"--in my mind--she was a twirling, aproned housewife holding a banana cream pie in one hand. However, I just looked the song up on Wikipedia and it says "Dinah was a generic name for an enslaved African woman." I was sadly mistaken.

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