Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

Personally I’ve always liked the Harry Potter kid. I love the books and I like the movies though I think they got weaker as the books got longer. The fact that he likes Tom Lehrer makes him extra nifty though!

Tom Lehrer is a pianist and mathematician but he’s best known for the humorous songs he wrote and performed in the 50s and 60s. Here’s his original song so anyone who’s interested can check Daniel Radcliffe and see how he did.

What I like best about this video is it has pictures of Tom Lehrer. Until today, I had no idea what the man looked like.  Back in the days before internet, my best friend and I used to listen to Tom’s albums a lot because they are pretty brilliant. There’s a lot of dated political satire on them but even that’s pretty great. My friend had original copies of  Tom’s albums on vinyl. I think it was common back then to make album covers that did not feature any pictures of the artist. Tom had long since retired from show business by the time we discovered him so he never knew what he looked like. Thank heavens we have You Tube now so if 82 year old Tom Lehrer ever mugs me I’ll be able to accurately identify him for the authorities!


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