Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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How could you forget Randy Newman and "Political Science"? It is so apprapo at the moment.


Randy Newman was the next generation, right? If I recall, he was/is a Sixties-to-Eighties guy, like Tom Waits who was inspired by the earlier greats.

Is anyone carrying this tradition on today?


Yeah, he was. I am so out of the listening mode because lyric writing has gotten sobd. Don;t know of anyone carrying the tradition.

Sissy Willis

Fun stuff . . . Thank you. :-)


My folks had a couple of records of Allan Sherman from the 60s. Remember "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"?

Sounds like similar kind of funny, witty stuff. I'll have to dig out that vinyl and give it a listen again.


Here I am at . . .
Camp Granada!

But of course. All the words are probably still in there somewhere.

Even Broadway musicals were influenced -- think of "Gee, Officer Krupke" from West Side Story. It had that same sort of smart-ass quality. And then there were the spoken-word comedy records like Nichols and May and . . . who was that guy who did "Digging the Weans"? I see it was a story by Robert Nathan, variously performed by Peter Ustinov and Theodore Bikel.

Dave Schuler

and then there was Yip Harburg, a few of whose verses were recorded by the Chad Mitchell Trio back in the 60's.

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