When I was growing up Dear Old Dad and his best friend would play Tom Lehrer records and So Long Mom (A Song for World War III) was one of their favorite tracks. We sang it on hunting trips – and the freaky-weird @#%$ that happened on those hunting trips ensured that the songs became a huge part of my childhood.
Given what is happening in the news all I can think of is how remarkable it is that a scary majority of Tom Lehrer’s work is still topical . . .
I am still as sick as a dog fighting my latest bout with C. difficile, but there is a lot of good stuff happening with Somerset County Banjos, Folksingers Digest and a bunch of other things . . . more on that later.
Everything can’t be all about work, so Amy and I are marking a few dates on the calendar to visit Bombay Hook and Blackwater again. I haven’t been able to go wandering into the woods since October, so it will be good to dust off my camera and take in some of my Father’s world.
Another thing we are looking forward to is the celebration of Holi.
I have read about this festival of colors, but never dreamed I would be able to take part in it. Well, there is a Holi celebration in Washington DC on march 29th.
Amy and I will be there throwing color with the crowd. It would be wonderul if any of you in the DC area came out and joined in. Maybe we could have a jam session in the parking lot after the festival.
This why I love the Internet.
After I posted the bit about Mozart writing dirty songs I got a blip letting me know that somebody linked to the article on Google+. I clicked on the notice out of curiosity and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, I found wonderful things.
The first thing I found was an article where Makoto Fujimura answers a question concerning art, reason, ideology, and the death of Pete Seeger.
THat article/video led me to discover an absolutely lovely folk EP by The Goodly Beggars.
I love it when I run across things just by wandering around. If you don’t care where you are, then you ain’t lost.
Mental Floss has a neat article about some of Mozart’s more, um, unusual compositions. it’s a great read for anybody who claims that today’s music is somehow less refined than it was in the good old days.
Mental Floss: 3 Dirty Songs by Mozart
And before anybody asks, yes, I still have the unfinished manuscript for my own collection of naughty songs arranged for banjo. Someday, Bawdy Banjo: Tunes of Unbridled Ribaldry will go to print. I just have a lot of projects to finish first.
As most of you already know, the US Postal Service broke my banjo.
Work is already underway to replace the custom five-string neck and the vintage 12″ Vega tubaphone pot is on its way back to California for inspection. We have submitted our damage claim to the Post Office. Hopefully this will all be worked out soon.
I am still hoping and praying that the rim is not damaged. I know we could probably find another Vega pot, but this one is special to me because it belongs to Dear Old Dad. I love the idea that this instrument will be a constant reminder of our friendship.
I will post more updates as things progress.
Some of you may remember that I posted a video by Neuros Moonshiner last August that featured the banjo in a rock setting.
The band’s latest single, “Bone Mistress”, rocks hard and ends with a banjo track. I absolutely love it.
I hope I am lucky enough to jam with these guys someday.
Neuros Moonshiner on the Web
The C. difficile infection that put me in the hospital back in October came roaring back this week.
My doctor got me on new antibiotics right away and I am doing okay, but I am still pretty sick. I will be taking thigs slow for the next couple of days.
Fret not Amy is taking good care of me, and Dear Old Dad has been doing great things with The Daily Frail. In a few days I’ll be back in action.