“Raised by two mothers? Wow, most of us barely survive one.” — Woody Allen
Happy birthday, Phyllis Diller. She’s 95 today.
IT HASN’T CAUGHT ME YET
Today’s also the 61st anniversary of the release of the iconic book, “The Catcher in the Rye” by the reclusive JD Salinger.
And you know what? I’ve never read it.
LIFE’S A MOTHER
A guy was browsing through the music section at the Book Corner yesterday and came upon the Loretta Lynn book, “Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics.”
The words of one of her songs hit the guy so squarely between the eyes that he felt compelled to read them to me, in toto.
I’ll share them with you in a moment. First, though, it’s important to consider that Loretta Lynn gave birth to six children before she decided to hit the road as a country singer. And get this: she had four kids by the age of 19. Jesus holy Christ!
Anyway, in 1972 she recorded a song written by Lorene Allen, Don McHan, and TD Bayless that pretty much summed up her pre-career young adult life. Lynn, of course, was just about the biggest thing in country music at the time. The big boys at her record company wanted no part of the record, though. They were petrified that the pious citizenry of this holy land would string them up if they released it.
It wasn’t until 1975 that “The Pill” was released. And the record company executives were right. So many radio stations refused to play it that the song didn’t hit the top three in the country charts as every other Loretta Lynn release did in those days.
The Book Corner browser and I thoroughly enjoyed the lyrics. For a brief few moments, the store became the site of a poetry slam. Try to picture it as you read these lyrics:
You wined me and dined me when I was your girl
Promised if I’d be your wife you’d show me the world
But all I’ve seen of this old world is a bed and a doctor bill
I’m tearing down your brooder house ’cause now I’ve got the Pill
All these years I’ve stayed at home while you’ve had all your fun
And every year that’s gone by another baby’s come
There’s gonna be some changes made right here on Nursery Hill
You’ve set this chicken your last time ’cause now I’ve got the Pill
This old maternity dress I’ve got is going in the garbage
The clothes I’m wearing from now on won’t take up so much yardage
Miniskirts, hotpants, and a a few little fancy frills
Yeah, I’m making up for all those years since I’ve got the Pill
I’m tired of all your crwoing about how you and your hens play
While holding a couple in my arms, another’s on the way
This chicken’s done tore up her nest and I;m ready to make a deal
And you can’t afford to turn it down ’cause you know I’ve go the Pill
This incubator is overused because you’ve kept it filled
The feeling good comes easy now since I’ve got the Pill
It’s getting dark it’s roosting time, tonight’s too good to be real
Aw, but Daddy don’t you worry none ’cause Mama’s got the Pill
Can you imagine what a revelation the song was to the backwoods women of America? And the guardians of our morals again were right to be worried about the affects of something so seemingly silly as a popular song. Country doctors reported a dramatic increase in the number of women asking for birth control prescriptions after the song hit the charts.
The worst had happened in the minds of the sacrosanct — women now felt they could control their wombs.
Aw, hell, let’s just hear the song.
Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.
◗ Butler Park — Messy Mania, gooey art activities for pre-schoolers, aged 2-6 with parent; 11am
◗ People’s Park — Lunch Concert Series: Pan USA, steel drum music; 11:30am
◗ KRC Catering — PoliSci Professor Marjorie Hershey speaks to the monthly meeting of the Monroe County Democrats Club; 11:45am
◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Lecture, Dr. Cătălin Pavel presents “Homer’s Trojan War and the Archeological Remains of Troy”; noon-1pm
◗ The Venue Fine Art & Gifts — “The Art of the Switchyard Park,” by Mick Renneisen; 5:30pm
◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — David Miller; 6-8:30pm
◗ Jake’s Nightclub — Karaoke, final round; 6pm
◗ Boxcar Books — Cartoonist Steve Lafler’s Bughouse Book Tour; 7-9pm
◗ IU Wells-Metz Theatre — “The Taming of the Shrew”; 7:30pm
◗ The Player’s Pub — Blues Jam hosted by Cliff & the Guardrails; 8pm
◗ The Root Cellar at Farm Bloomington — Team trivia; 8pm
◗ The Bluebird — Bloomington’s Got Talent, hosted by Leo Cook; 9pm
◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- John D. Shearer, “I’m Too Young For This @#!%”; through July 30th
- Claire Swallow, ‘Memoir”; through July 28th
- Dale Gardner, “Time Machine”; through July 28th
- Sarah Wain, “That Takes the Cake”; through July 28th
- Jessica Lucas & Alex Straiker, “Life Under the Lens — The Art of Microscopy”; through July 28th
◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- Qiao Xiaoguang, “Urban Landscape: A Selection of Papercuts” ; through August 12th
- “A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
- Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
- Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
- “Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
- David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
- Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
- Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st
◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibits:
- Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show; through July 21st
- Bloomington Photography Club Annual Exhibition; July 27th through August 3rd
◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — “Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection”; through September 21st
◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibit, “Translating the Canon: Building Special Collections in the 21st Century”; through September 1st
◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Closed for semester break
◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibits:
- “What Is Your Quilting Story?”; through July 31st
- Photo exhibit, “Bloomington: Then and Now” by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th