The loboe and the velveteenager

Two Wayno / Piraro Bizarro POPs (phrasal overlap portmanteaus) that have been accumulating on my desktop: the lobo oboe from 4/22, the velveteen teenager from 7/11:

(#1) The reedy wolf (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbol in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there’s only 1 in this strip — see this Page.)

(#2) Stuffed and sulky (not to mention rebellious and willful) (3 symbols this time)

El lobo and his oboe. From NOAD:

noun lobo: North American (in the southwestern US and Mexico) a timber wolf. ORIGIN mid 19th century: from Spanish, from Latin lupus‘wolf’.

From the great parade of things named Lobo or El Lobo or Los Lobos, I pick just one, the fabulous American rock (or whatever) band Los Lobos. From Wikipedia:

(#3) Album cover for Wolf Tracks — The Best of Los Lobos (2006), showing the band as young men

Los Lobos (Spanish for “the Wolves”) are an American rock band from East Los Angeles, California [formed in 1973]. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. The band rose to international stardom in 1987, when their version of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” topped the charts in the U.S., the UK, and several other countries.

Current members: David Hidalgo (b. 1954) on vocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle, requinto jarocho (1973–present), Louie Pérez (b. 1953) on drums, guitar, jarana huasteca, vocals (1973–), Cesar Rosas (b. 1953) on vocals, guitar, bajo sexto (1973–), Conrad Lozano (b. 1951) on bass, guitarron, vocals (1973–), Steve Berlin (b. 1955) on keyboards, woodwinds (1982–). The guys are all now around 70, not kids any more, but still touring — right now — and still wonderful.

I suspect that Steve Berlin’s woodwinds are various clarinets, maybe flutes, but probably not a bassoon or oboe. Though an oboe would be perfect for this posting.

And now, a really cool honor: in 2021, the band was named a National Heritage Fellow (yes, Fellow, a truly awkward reference to a group) by the National Endowment for the Arts.

(#4) The Heritage Fellow, with agave (NEA photo by Piero F. Giunti)

Announcement from the NEA here, with a lengthy and detailed bio for the group that begins:

Los Lobos has defined the East Los Angeles sonic landscape for nearly a half century.

Well, that’s true, but meanwhile their influence has spread far and wide.

The Velveteen Rabbit grows up a bit. And turns into a stereotypically sulky, rebellious, and willful teen.

From Wikipedia:

(#5) Front cover of the 1922 Heinemann edition (from Wikipedia) — cf. #2

The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) is a British children’s book written by Margery Williams (also known as Margery Williams Bianco) and illustrated by William Nicholson. It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become real through the love of his owner. The book was first published in 1922 and has been republished many times since.

And then in my 2/26/22 posting “velour”, notes on velour, velvet, velveteen, and plush (no, it’s not straightforward).


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