Dr. Suess, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl all wrote nonsensical stories and poems. Nonsense writing can often be alluring because of its’ surprisingly deep meaning:
“Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don’t matter,
and those who matter don’t mind.”
And at other times from it’s complete lack of it:
“When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles…
…they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.”
Nonsense literature is a beguiling form of storytelling as humans desire to find meaning everywhere, in everything, even when none exists. Songwriting is also a form of storytelling, and so is open to nonsense lyrics.
The B52’s wrote a hit song in 1978 called “Rock Lobster.” It’s jam packed with nonsense lyrics, bopping, banshee shrieks and beehives to boot.
We were at a party
His ear lobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster
Indebted to the joy of nonsense poetry and the humble rock lobster, I refurbished a plain timber set of chairs “Rock Lobster” themed.
HOW TO REFURBISH TIMBER CHAIRS
I had previously painted the chairs in an Indian Red indoor paint which was not holding well in the great outdoors.
Sanded off the flaky bits and repainted all chairs with a more durable Cherry red liquid killrust.
Loosely glued doilies to chairs and spray painted over them with Indian Red killrust in a can.
Loosely glued handmade coral stencils to chairs and then spray painted over them with killrust in a can in Ocean Blue.
Loosely glued the lobster, crab and puffer fish stencils to chairs. Painted inside stencils with oil paints.
Now my BBQ setting is all ready for summer snags and sizzles!