Manhatten Transfer, Monkees, Meatloaf, Moody Blues… Mony, Mony, Maple Leaf Rag, Mad World, Make You Feel My Love… Major, movement, Music Man, melody… many more musical mentions.
About the time I was 9 or 10 years old, my sister was really into music and would let me listen to records with her. One she often played had come from a recommendation of our neighbor. He introduced Mason Proffitt to my folks and my sister really enjoyed them too. I became hooked on the song they did that made the radio airplay. It was a song called “Two Hangmen.”
I grew older and embraced all of the songs. They were from the 60s and 70s and had messages about freedom, no war, peace, Native American rights… they were very reminiscent of the time. One of the lines I recall the best is “Flowers beads a good disguise but don’t forget the shades that cover your eyes to keep your mind tied down. If you’re real, you’ll learn to think as well as feel,” from the song “Walk on Down the Road.” And I know all of “Two Hangmen” by heart. “… It seems the folks were up in arms, a man now had to die, for believing things that didn’t fit the laws they set aside…”
One of my favorites is a song called “Buffalo.” It talks of a Native American upon a buffalo nickel that gets up and looks around seeing things that were wrong. “… this reservation’s wrong, who’s this white man, my people never smile, where is my brother, my children ignorant, where is my squaw…” It still sends chills every time I hear it.
I never thought I would be able to see them preform live, but a few years ago my sister and I got to attend a concert at the Surf Ballroom. It was magnificent, they sounded as good as the albums even all those years later. You can also find some of their songs on YouTube from the Wanted and Moving Towards Happiness albums. Here is another one of my favorites…
(if this works right… it is part of a playlist, but starting at the song Old Joe Clark)
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