Shirley Cae­sar isn’t cook­ing ‘beans, greens’ at Thanks­giv­ing

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Shirley Cae­sar won’t be cook­ing “beans, greens, pota­toes, toma­toes” at Thanks­giv­ing this year. The leg­endary gospel singer, who is en­joy­ing vi­ral suc­cess with a remix of one of her ser­mon-songs fea­tur­ing a line ref­er­enc­ing food items, says she’s not cook­ing this year dur­ing the US hol­i­day. “I ain’t cook­ing noth­ing,” 79-year-old Cae­sar said with a laugh in a phone in­ter­view with The Associated Press on Fri­day. “Ab­so­lutely zilch.”

The Grammy-win­ning singer has be­come a hot topic on­line af­ter her song, the 9-minute “Hold My Mule,” was recre­ated with a new ad­dic­tive beat. On the song, Cae­sar tells the story of “Shout­ing John,” who is told he is too loud and can­not dance in church be­cause of his excitement. But Cae­sar later sings in a live ver­sion of the song that John fires back, ex­plain­ing that God cre­ated this land and he’s been blessed with “beans, greens, pota­toes, toma­toes, lambs, rams, hogs, dogs, chicken, tur­keys, rab­bits. You name it!”

In the new al­ter­ation of her song, the vi­ral clip in­cludes the ques­tion, “Grandma, what are you cook­ing for Thanks­giv­ing?” The re­sponse is a video of Cae­sar singing the line “beans, greens...” as well as videos of var­i­ous peo­ple danc­ing hap­pily. “I was ex­cited. I’m just grate­ful that I’ve been cho­sen, that the Lord is bless­ing me like this,” Cae­sar said. “This is a mind-bog­gling thing for me. Who would have thought that some­thing like that would have gone vi­ral?”

The on­line video be­ing used of Cae­sar is a few years old, from when she per­formed the track live; she said she orig­i­nally recorded the song in 1988. Cae­sar’s singing the words “you name it” sparked the #UNameItChal­lenge on­line, which fea­tures peo­ple do­ing dances to the song. Chris Brown and other celebri­ties have par­tic­i­pated, though Cae­sar said she’s not en­joy­ing all of the videos. “There’s those where they have women show­ing their rumps, their butts ... I think they call it twerk­ing ... I want them to know that I see it as a sign of dis­re­spect be­cause I’m a pas­tor, I’m a gospel singer and I love the Lord,” she said. “I’m shocked they would do that.”

In this Nov 9, 2008, file photo, Dr Shirley Cae­sarWil­liams prays for Pres­i­dent-elect Barack Obama dur­ing a church ser­vice at Mt Cal­vary Word of God Church in Raleigh, NC.

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