Monday, 11:50–1:15, May 14
Instructors: Bob Coffin
Join us for a musical sampler with commentary and pictures from the turbulent 1960s—if anyone remembers that far back. The somewhat “subversive” songs of Tom Lehrer, the sardonic piano-wielding fugitive from Harvard, proudly corrupted generations of Americans. As Lehrer said, “most of my songs were takeoffs on song types of the day, particularly the more sentimental species, or commentaries on current events. I regarded them as fugacious ephemera which by now should have been of artefactual interest only to scholars (although in what field I cannot imagine).” Check out classics like “Fight Fiercely Harvard,” “The Elements,” “The Vatican Rag,” and “New Math,” plus many more examples of his unique wit and ever-trenchant observations of the American scene.
Bob Coffin, an OLLI member, is a retired US Army foreign area officer and Fairfax County high school history and special education teacher.