My father (and What Sarah Said and the Bonzo Dog Band)

Today is my parents’ wedding anniversary (and my brother’s birthday — hi, Joe!).

A couple of weeks ago was my father’s birthday, and Cousin Bob sent me a touching email about him.

All of which reminded me of this great song by Death Cab for Cutie:

“And it came to me then that every plan is a prayer to Father Time.”

Sadly, I can’t think of Death Cab for Cutie without being reminded of this not-quite-suitable-for-work video of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band from Magical Mystery Tour.

Magical Mystery Tour came out in 1967, the year my father died.

The Bonzo Dog Band (they subsequently dumped the Doo-Dah, then subsequently reinstated it) was an ineffably great band (if somewhat, er, ramshackle).  You can tell how ineffably great they were just by the ineffably great titles of some of their songs:

My Pink Half of the Drainpipe
My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies
Tubas in the Moonlight
Noises for the Leg
Cam Blue Men Sing the Whites?
Labio-Dental Fricative

Western civilization has gone straight downhill since they broke up.  Coincidence?  I think not.

3 thoughts on “My father (and What Sarah Said and the Bonzo Dog Band)

  1. As a child, I thought it was a coincidence that my birthday was on the same date as parents anniversary. When light dawned on marblehead I figured out that it was not so coincidental. See my FB posts on “When I’m 64”.


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