All they needed were a few lyrical updates
The recent headlines from America and, indeed, around the world, have been horrific. Apocalyptic, even.
Portland records all-time high temperature of 116, setting new record for third day in a row
California fire prompts evacuations; Large wildfire scorches Oregon
Climate Change – Megafires fires were rare in California before 2003 — but 17 of the 20 largest fires in the state’s history have occurred since then
Historic drought in U.S. West will persist through October
Air-rage incidents are rising
Covid-19 cases are surging in 46 states. In one hot spot, hospitalized patients are younger than ever, doctor says
Tennessee fires top vaccine official for advocating Covid vaccinations for teens
Tokyo declares Covid ‘state of emergency;” First positive COVID tests for athletes in Olympic Village
The Death Toll From Flooding In Western Europe Has Crossed 180, As Rescuers Dig In
Cuba protests: Thousands rally against government as economy struggles
Deaths climb to 72 in South Africa riots after Zuma jailed
As U.S. Troops Withdraw, A Map Shows The Taliban Control Much Of Afghanistan
I could go on, but you get the point. There are few, if any, bright spots in the world in mid-2021. Which brings me to this:
In 1959, the Kingston Trio’s second album, “Live from the Hungry I” featured a song called “Merry Minuet.” With this song the Trio, not known as one of the foremost protester folk groups, did show them to be, with a little updating, amazingly prescient.
The track and the original lyrics are here:
Now, what about that updating?*
*With apologies to the original lyricist, Sheldon Harnick. Yes the same Sheldon Harnick who wrote the lyrics for “Fiddler on the Roof,” still with us at the age of 97!
Have a great weekend!