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Monday, January 9, 2012

King of the Swingers

Of course, the Limerick Summary is delayed because of the PGA Tour's Monday finish.

Since I was little, one of my favorite Disney movies has been The Jungle Book. I suspect it was because of the embryonic "world" music, the mixture of jungle rhythms with jazz and blues, as much as the art. And my favorite song was "I Wanna Be Like You," a duet between King Louie the ape and Baloo the bear which featured a large amount of scat singing. I even memorized all the parts sung by all the characters. It gave my friends a kick to hear me sing it as fast as I could.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, "In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all. Scat singing gives singers the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms, to create the equivalent of an instrumental solo using their voice." That's from Wikipedia article on scat singing.

Anyway, King Louie's song starts out "Now I'm the king of the swingers, oh, the jungle VIP." I couldn't help but think about it when Louis Oosthuizen (aka "King Louis") successfully defended his African Open title Sunday. I hope Louis likes cartoon characters -- first he was nicknamed Shrek, now King Louis. (Several fans wore shirts that said "All Hail King Louis.")

King Louis and his newest scepter

But he's definitely the VIP of the European Tour jungle so far. His 27-under gave him his first win in a while -- a pretty impressive win, given that he beat Tjaart van der Walt by 2 and Retief Goosen by 3 strokes -- but I didn't realize that his last 6 finishes have all been Top8s! I picked him as a "Player to Watch" in my January Ruthless Golf World Rankings last week, but I may have to upgrade him now.

Unlike the cartoon King Louie, however, Louis certainly can't say "I've reached the top and had to stop, and that's what's bothering me." It looks like Louis finally has that sweet rhythmic swing of his back in shape, and I assume he kept his PGA Tour card this year. Maybe he'll make a little noise over here as well.

And in keeping with noise, just in case some of you have never seen The Jungle Book, here's a clip of King Louie and Baloo swinging with a little scat. "Da zop ah nodie, hop da deedle dahdle dop don known...." (The actual song starts around the 1:30 mark.)



The photo comes from this page at europeantour.com.

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