And now for something completely diff…Oh, Monty Python references may be lost on a good portion of the modern audience—and then today November 22nd is one of those dates that some folks remember, and some don’t. Someone older than Dave, George Bernard Shaw, once said “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” Kurt Vonnegut said “History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” And Ambrose Bierce who for all we know is still wandering around a Mexican border wall with a Sawzall and a book of poems by Du Fu, defined history as “An account false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.”
So how much should we care for all that? Well, as I often say here, my opinion is less important than yours. Today’s audio piece, written and sung by Dave Moore, says something like that too.
Note that in each case today I’m giving the opinions of humorists, the class of thinkers and writers who expect that whatever you attempt you’re going to fail at it a little or a lot. Maybe that’s the lesson of history: that every advance for humankind has been across a field of failure.
This gives me a chance to include another Bruegel painting. And it’s a good thing it’s a painting, because sightless people cannot be offended by seeing it.
Use the player below to hear Dave backed by the LYL Band sing his song to those that will dance upon our graves. For those who’ve come here expecting poetry: as my son predicts, it’s likely we’ll be back soon with more of that dead poets society stuff.
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Is this Dave Moore that was on Prairie Home Companion and lives in Iowa City, or another? Doesn’t sound like him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Moore_(singer-songwriter)
Dave tells me that he’s pretty sure he’s a different Dave Moore from Iowa. He says “I’ve met Dave Moore, and I’m not him.”
I too am aware of the other Dave Moore, and Greg Brown for that matter. On the other hand “Frank Hudson” is a fairly well-known London furniture and accessories store, and my post on Emily Dickinson’s “Ample Make this Bed” gets a bunch of search hits from “Frank Hudson duvet”