Music Dept. of Squaresville
posted by July 8 at 11:04 AMon
Randy Newman and Roger “King of the Road” Miller are my favorites for Great American Songwriter. Randy for his savage humor, Roger for his goofy wit.
Some favorite Roger Miller stories. From Wikipedia:
When he was seventeen, he stole a guitar, but turned himself in and chose to join the Army rather than go to jail. He later quipped, “My education was Korea, Clash of ‘52.” Upon leaving the Army, he went to Nashville to work on his music career.
From the Roger Miller box set:
Roger Miller: I was raised in Erick, Oklahoma.
Interviewer: What’s that near?
Roger Miller: It’s close to extinction.
L.A. Cop: Can I see your license?
Roger Miller: Can I shoot your gun?
Paul Constant just made me a very, very happy man by loaning me his Roger Miller box set, which includes “Reincarnation,” a song I heard once in high school and was never able to find again.
I should’ve just used YouTube:
We’ll pass over the slide show—obviously made by one family member for another—in silence. But the song!
This month, Taproot Theater is producing Big River, Roger Miller’s musical adaptation of Huck Finn. It’s the first Taproot show I’ve been excited about in a dog’s age.