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Has anyone ever been to Aspen, Colorado? It's not a joke yet; those aren't the jokes. Is this thing off? I went to Aspen recently and stumbled into this song.

♫ Black men go to Aspen ♫

♫ and rent colorful chalets. ♫

♫ Giggle at the questions ♫

♫ their mere presence seems to raise. ♫

♫ Get taken for men ♫

♫ we don't resemble in the least. ♫

"Are you ... ?" "No."

♫ It's a winter wonderland ♫

♫ in the belly of the beast. ♫

♫ And black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men send back sushi ♫

♫ with a scorned Yakuza's flair. ♫

♫ We make postmodern art ♫

♫ with bacon grease ♫

♫ and hot combed hair. ♫

♫ We secretly play Beethoven ♫

♫ inside our bassmobiles. ♫

♫ We can tell you how cool looks ♫

♫ but cannot show you how it feels ♫

♫ when black men ski. ♫ ♫ When black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men now are students ♫

♫ of gay sensibility. ♫

♫ We wear ironic T-shirts ♫

♫ drenched in code unknown to thee. ♫

♫ We get baptized in Walden Pond ♫

♫ amongst a searing mob ♫

♫ because the cleansing blood of Jesus ♫

♫ could not do a thorough job. ♫

♫ Black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men ski. ♫

♫ Chinese guys can jump real high ♫

♫ and Germans cook soul food. ♫

♫ White boys rap and hippies nap ♫

♫ their dreads up to look rude. ♫

♫ Jazz is now suburban ♫

♫ it's Marsalisly clean. ♫

♫ And now we've got Viagra ♫

♫ everyone's a sex machine. ♫

♫ So black men ski. ♫

What else can we do?

♫ Black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men ski. ♫

♫ Some kids I'll describe as friends ♫

♫ say I am race-obsessed. ♫

♫ The luxury of your opinion ♫

♫ shows that you are blessed. ♫

♫ See, I have poems about sunsets ♫

♫ flowers and the rain. ♫

♫ I've read them to policemen ♫

♫ but it was all in vain. ♫

♫ So black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men ski ... ♫ elegantly.

♫ Black men ski. ♫

♫ Black men ski. ♫

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 19 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: TEDTalks
Director: TED.com
Views: 294
Posted by: tedtalks on Mar 27, 2009

What happens when a black man visits Aspen? Singer/songwriter Stew is about to let you know, with the arch humor and clever asides that characterize his work. (Hint: "It's a winter wonderland in the belly of the beast.") Stew is joined on stage by his collaborator Heidi Rodewald (bass) and Jon Spurney (keyboard/guitar).

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