Ear worm. Brainworm. Stuck song syndrome. Involuntary musical imagery (INMI). It goes by lots of names.

 . . . a catchy piece of music
that continually repeats through a person’s brain
after it is no longer playing.

In my experience, the YMCA song certainly qualifies as an ear worm, with that introductory trumpet fanfare, the syncopated rhythm, and, of course, the snappy dance moves.

So it was with some disgust that I realized our new free-trade agreement was not to be NAFTA, or even NAFTA 2.0, but, rather, USMCA. The acronym invokes both that Village People music video and the 7th-inning-stretch handwaving at baseball games.

Well, if you can’t fight ’em, join ’em. Herewith, the (un)official (un)music video for the new USMCA. No singing, I promise.

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13 Responses to USMCA

  1. Tom Watson says:

    That was wonderful, Isabel.

    Go ahead…do a singing version. You can do it, I’m sure!


    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Thanks! Given copyright law, I see nothing for it but an a cappella version – and I’m not up to that, I assure you.

  2. SELL this to the appropriate branch of the Canadian government! Seriously. I appreciate all that you did to stage your video. Love the fuzzy hat in the toy scene.

  3. Alison says:

    Yes, I too would like a singing version! Surely Ivan will sing back up?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Alison – I believe not. 🙂 But feel free to enlist your own husband in this endeavour . . .

  4. I insisted my impatient husband watch this on his way to . . . well, he laughed so much he almost didn’t make it to the bathroom. Fulsome praise!

  5. Hilarious AND informative. Thanks!

    But, I want to see you do an “S”…
    Don’t think the Big Guy could survive that!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Thank you. I *can* do the “S” but it’s tough to get it in and maintain the rhythm!

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