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October 24, 2020

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I love his Elements song as well as a few others. Never would have heard of him if I hadn't grown up with the records.

I have a copy of "Poisoning pigeons in the park" ;-)

"...and there may be many others; but, they haven't been discov-ered."

Bogie & Stu--I am making a TypeList with links to the Lehrer songs that I can find in my mp3 library. It may be a "work in progress" for a bit; but, I'll go ahead and add it to the right sidebar.

It's a great gesture. He's very clever with words.

Enjoyed Lehrer's lyrics! I wonder if he wrote any about the current viral pandemic and madness here in the U.S. -- plenty of material ripe for satire.

Liz--I agree with your assessment.

Joared--I think your question is answered by a statement in a posting on Plagiarism Today. "He also says he only wrote music when it interested him. Once it stopped being interesting, he moved on." That would have been about 40 years ago, AFAIK.

There is an interesting observation in a posting on Spectator.org. "Lehrer also felt he lost his nasty edge, and began seeing issues in shades of gray. “Today,” he said in 2002, “everything just makes me angry, it’s not funny anymore. Things I once thought were funny are scary now. I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava.” He adds, “And people don’t know anything now. They’re all kids and they’ve never read a book. Who would get a Schopenhauer reference? What passes for satire is just easy targets. Irreverence has been subsumed by mere grossness.” In 1980, he observed, “This is no time for satire,” apparently believing that reality had outdistanced his creative powers to mock it."

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