Septimus Winner William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 11-28-17

Philadelphia was  the songwriting capital of the world in the 19th century courtesy of Septimus Winner.

Winner’s hits, still sung today, feature dark subject matters set to upbeat tunes. They include Listen to the Mockingbird (with Richard Milburn) which concerned a mockingbird singing over the grave of a lover; Der Deitcher’s Dog (Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone), in which the subject dog is kidnapped by Germans and turned into sausage; and Ten Little Indians, in which nine of them die tragically.

You would think he was a man without hope, except he is also the author of the great hymn Whispering Hope, also still common today.

For what it’s worth, The Three Stooges were fans of Winner. Listen to the Mockingbird was their theme, and the only full-length song they ever performed in a film was Winner’s The Spelling Bee which they called Swinging the Alphabet.

Septimus Winner William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 11-28-17
Septimus Winner
The Bosche never got this Little Black Devil.

 

 

 

William Lawrence Omnibit 11-23-17

Tom Turkey Explained — No Miranda, Benjamin Franklin didn’t make “tom” the appellation for male turkey to get back at Thomas Jefferson for winning the debate about what should be our national bird.

“Tom” has long been a word for male of the species i.e. tom cat.

It’s a good story though.

Tom Turkey Explained — William Lawrence Omnibit 11-23-17

Tom Turkey Explained -- No Miranda, Benjamin Franklin didn't make "tom" the appellation for male turkey to get back at Thomas Jefferson for winning

William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 11-18-17

Oscar Wilde Jefferson Davis— Yoo hoo.  Here’s something to  make your favorite Social Justice Warrior’s head spin: British poet Oscar Wilde was a fan of the Confederacy.

It should be noted that while Wilde liked Rebel President Jefferson Davis, Davis didn’t like him. 

Oscar Wilde Jefferson Davis William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 11-18-17

Oscar Wilde Jefferson Davis-- Yoo hoo.  Just something to keep in mind that would make your favorite Social Justice Warrior's head spin: British poet