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January 1, 2017 / thackersam

With Apologies to Kinky Friedman

kinkyDid you ever get that mortifying feeling of horror when you suddenly realize that you have mixed up Leon Redbone and Kinky Friedman, and have published your blunder? If you have, then you know just how I feel.

Two weeks ago I wrote about Leon Redbone (this is so embarrassing), mentioning that he had run for an office in Texas, and I quoted him as saying that he was “too young for Medicare and too old for women to care.” Then the other evening, while in the shower from where all ideas originate, it hit me why I could not find the information online to back up this distinct memory. It was not Leon Redbone at all. It was Kinky Friedman. I should have known better. Kinky is a country musician and satirist whose name I would often see on marquees in downtown Manhattan, but he’s a Texas boy who has run for Justice of the Peace and for Governor of Texas. He lost both. Leon Redbone did write “Seduced” however.

Holiday Bummer Story – My Christmas eve present to myself was three CDs that I purchased from the Housing Works thrift shop in Brooklyn Heights. The day after Christmas, I thought I would listen to a couple of tracks starting with Tony Bennett and Paul McCartney singing “The Very Thought of You” on the former’s Duets CD, before my workout. But when I opened the case, no CD, only the book of liner notes. Damn. Suspecting the worst, I opened the Lady Gaga CD case to find the same results. Bummer. I actually don’t know any Gaga songs but I have heard of her Born This Way album and there it was for a dollar. Of course I know Tony Bennett, who is of my parent’s generation, and the adoration of his fans of all ages like Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse, but other than the fact that Lady Gaga is not stupid and does annoying stuff, I’m not familiar with her music. My radio station plays none of her music, though some of the new stuff considered rock is rather poppish drivel. I was ready to venture out into uncharted territory as the music of some of the artists singing with Tony Bennett is also unknown to me. Thankfully, the third CD, Peter Gabriel’s So was intact. It is wonderfully satisfying to have access to “In Your Eyes” at any time you want or need it.

BTW – A totally swell New Year to all kind people! I hope you made rather merry last night. My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to find the perfect toilet paper. Oh yeah, and to become an activist.

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