I am, and always have been a huge fan of the poet Shel Silverstein.
His down to earth, urban style poetry and whimsical attitude to a genre which is all too often filled with stuffy, dry “artistes” is a welcome respite from what people expect when they pick up a book of poems.
A prolific writer, he has authored such great books of poetry as “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light in the Attic”
He was also a talented cartoonist and released several books on the subject such as “Grab Your Socks” and “Now Here’s My Plan”
What many don’t realize is that even if you are not a fan of poetry, you have probably heard some of Shels work, and enjoyed it, unbeknownst all the time. He was a skilled musician, and played several instruments. He has recorded his own songs and wrote lyrics for many well known tunes. There are literally dozens and dozens but here are just a few and who performed them;
A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
I Got Stoned And I Missed It – Dr. Hook
The Cover of the Rolling Stone – Dr. Hook
Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball – Dr. Hook
Sylvia's Mother – Dr. Hook
Queen of the Silver Dollar – Dr. Hook
The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers
Here’s “The Winner” as performed by Bobby Bare
Do you know his work?
What are some of your favorites?