More #cowbell: the making of a minor tweme

It all started innocently enough.

I was grooving to some Beatles when “Baby, You Can Drive My Car” (from Rubber Soul) came on, and I noticed, for perhaps the first time, the presence of cowbell. It was an epiphany of sorts.

It was all downhill from there. Next thing I know, I’m posting this:

Apres moi, le deluge.

Le deluge of #cowbell tweets, baby!

I asked the Twitterverse, and the twitterverse responded, turning my humble quest into a minor tweme. We didn’t quite achieve our goal of becoming a “trending topic” on Twitter search, but I’m very proud of all that we accomplished in the span of a few short, unproductive hours.

Twitterverse, once again you have shown the kind of can-do attitude that makes things happen. And for that, I thank you.

My gift to you, in return, is this:

Blue Oyster Cult: Don’t Fear the Reaper (Remix, Now with 92 percent Cowbell and 45 percent Walken)

And, from my friends across the Twitterverse:

The SNL clip that started it all (via @debmaue)

A really big cowbell (via @tsand)

Top 10 cowbell songs of all time (via @TimNekritz)

The cowbell timeline (via @stomer)

The history of the cowbell (via @bonnerj)

Don’t let the #cowbell tweme die! As @bradjward so eloquently put it (in fewer than 140 characters), “If you want to make a grown man’s dream come true, won’t you say #cowbell back to me?”

Log on today to Twitter and post something — anything — using the #cowbell hashtag. Please, do it for the grown man you see here before you.


Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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