Maybe I don’t need to explain myself, but I think I should anyway.
No, I don’t mean explaining while I am rocking a mustache and goatee combo even though this isn’t still the 90s. That should be obvious–I’m trying to cover up some of “the ugly.”
For some reason I think that I should explain my affinity for Weird Al Yankovic and his music. I’m just not sure why I think I need to offer an explanation.
Maybe it’s because many people probably don’t expect a pastor to proclaim that Yankovic is his favorite singer. Chris Tomlin or Steven Curtis Chapman or Bono are all more expected choices. Not Weird Al. That’s sort of like a fat guy claiming that cauliflower is his favorite food. It just doesn’t seem to fit.
Maybe it’s because Yankovic isn’t taken seriously as an artist. I understand this, I suppose. On the surface his music may be seen as silly and sometimes a little cheesy. But if you look deeper you will see that it is even sillier than you imagined. It’s also brilliant.
I’m not sure why I think that an explanation is necessary, but I am prepared to offer one any way. Here are 3 reasons why I love Weird Al.
1. He plays the accordion. I’m not sure that people are issued harps upon entering into Heaven. If they are, I hope that my harp is replaced with an accordion and that I will be able to play it as well as Yankovic. Oh–you think that hearing an accordion for all of eternity sounds more like Hell than Heaven. I’ll be praying for you.
2. He dislikes weasels. I’ve never like weasels, but I could never find any songs about stomping them. Yankovic filled this gap with his song “Weasel Stomping Day.” I am thankful for this. If only we could make Weasel Stomping Day a national (or global) holiday. That would be great. For us. It would be terrible for weasels.
3. He’s a gangsta. I mean that in the nerdiest way possible. Okay, he’s not really a gangsta. But he has successfully added rap to his repertoire. Actually, he is able to cross genres with amazing ease.
Those are three of the reasons why I am a fan of Yankovic. The main reason, though, is something else.
I like to laugh and I believe that laughter is a gift from God.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…
It seems that Yankovic’s only agenda is to make people laugh and he does it in a family friendly way.
I appreciate that and I hope that others can as well.
Yes–there are times to be serious. But there are also times to laugh at the absurdities of life.
Weird Al Yankovic helps me with this.
As I mentioned yesterday, my wife bought me his new CD Alpocalypse for our anniversary. I highly encourage you to check it out. That is if you aren’t too busy practicing the harp.
Are you a Weird Al fan? What makes you laugh?