One of my favorite authors, Shel Silverstein, of The Giving Tree and numerous wonderful books of poetry fame, was the talent and pen behind songs such as “A Boy Named Sue” and “25 Minutes to Go.” Both were made famous by another of my favorites, The Man in Black—Johnny Cash.
And while we’re at it, we might as well chalk up “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” to Shel’s hit parade. He wrote a number of other songs in the 60s and 70s. And although I’m somewhat a product of the 60s and 70s, my musical knowledge doesn’t include that much esoterica.
Here’s a number to listen to while you google those other songs …
I’m reading Steve Martin’s memoir Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life. Was interested to find out that his stand-up career started on Grant Ave., five blocks or so from my house. And am pleased that he is candid and unguarded in his accounting of his early days (am about a third through the book). Makes for a more rewarding read.
Speaking of rewarding, I can’t talk about Steve Martin, who I consider one of the funniest men alive or dead, without balancing his candor with some humor.
“Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. The sound of a truck at fifty miles per hour. Static between the stations. Rain. We want to capture these sounds, to use them not as sound effects but as musical instruments.”