arma virumque cano (et alia)
There's a lot of backstory to this song. It was written by Shel Silverstein about his friend, Jean Shepherd. Shepherd, the author of "A Christmas Story," had been teased as a boy for having what his classmates thought of as a feminine name. Yup, there's a gun connection, see, since the story is about a boy who wants a Red Ryder BB gun.Silverstein also got inspired by hearing about an attorney in Tennessee named Sue K. Hicks. Hicks was one of the town boosters who figured that having a trial about evolution would draw a crowd and got his friend, John T. Scopes, to confess.What do we learn from all of this?You might not inherit the wind, but you will shoot your eye out.I'm sorry. . .
I do find it interesting that when the articles here aren't about leftwing politics, gun violence, or why we don't really have a right to guns, there are so few comments. There were only what, three, on the fascinating lightweight material resting on dandelion seeds, and Johnny Cash only rates a couple.No one else have anything to say about Shel Silverstein, the Man in Black, or the Scopes Trial?
I notice that too about the comments, but I figure some of our regular readers silently share my taste for the interesting and the musical.