I have always enjoyed old fables. Here is one that I put into a song. I present to you, “The Frog and the Scorpion”, a cautionary tale for modern listeners. Step into my kitchen!
Sharing some joyful music with The Chanticleers.
Photo: © 2016 Dan Tapppan
I am extending my low key August into September with lots of down time at our rustic cabin in Jaffrey, NH. It is strange not to be gearing up for the start of school. I think retirement will work out just fine.
Looking forward to returning to The Old Manse in historic Concord, MA to perform traditional and compatible original music. Join us on Sunday, Sept. 25th. See below for details.
This Month’s Music
The Frog and the Scorpion
The Frog and the Scorpion
© 2016 Tom Smith (ASCAP) and Traditional
I have always enjoyed Aesop’s fables – those short stories involving animal characters culminating is a moral or life lesson. Perhaps you have heard “The Hare and the Tortoise” or one of the many others. Sometimes fables can communicate a truth that is more memorable than alternative methods.
This month I was listening to one of the story-telling shows on public radio – perhaps it was The Moth. On this show someone incorporated the frog and scorpion fable into his story (although in this particular telling it was a tortoise and not a frog.) I could not find a source for this version, although related fables with a different ending are quite old. Later that day, I read an op-ed article in which the author suggested that certain voters in economically strapped areas of the country are choosing to overlook the core nature of the Republican candidate for president in hopes that he can somehow make life better for them. It occurred to me that perhaps I could use this fable to get the same point across.
Please don’t take anything for granted when it comes to this presidential election. It is very important that everyone who can vote, does vote.
“This could happen to you
It depends what you do
When you vote in November’s election.”
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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm, Concord, MA
The Chanticleers joyfully return to the Old Manse in historic Concord, MA. Kate Chadbourne, Pat Kenneally, Robert Phillipps, Linda Abrams and I perform traditional Irish/English/American and original music with guitar, harp, flute, banjo, boudhran, harmonica, and other instruments. Weather permitting.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Tiverton, RI
Chuck Williams hosts four songwriters from the Rhode Island Songwriters Association community. I am pumped to share the evening with Grant Malloy Smith and two other songwriters TBA.
Click to view details for all upcoming shows.
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