So, my much-anticipated (by me, anyway) Sunday Salon program has hit another snag. My invitee this week was indisposed. I’m thinking I might have to rename this segment as Sunday Surprise.
However, not to be downcast, and in honour of the date today, I have cast in her place the quite fascinating Tom Lehrer. A mathematician, academic and soldier, he was also, for a relatively brief period of his life, the writer and performer of some of the cheekiest, funniest, most irreverent satirical songs of the 20th Century.
Songs like this one,
and this one, which is still well and truly relevant:
I don’t think salons were still in vogue in the 50’s and 60’s, but had they been I can’t think of a better invitee than the author of The Masochism Tango (included especially for my writer friends who like to sail on the kinky side of love).
I hope you enjoyed this slightly twisted musical Sunday. If you have any other favourite Tom Lehrer songs, or satirists generally, I’d love to hear from you!