2010-01-07 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Remember when John A. Murphy asked what is the error inherent in the song title “Dueling Banjos?” John emailed us to say that Ernest Wilber of North Kingstown had contacted him directly and had the correct answer that the record contained a single guitar “dueling” with a single banjo.

But their electronic conversation also included:

There are several other errors dealing with the song. One says it should be played with a banjo and mandolin. Another says the kid playing it was using a fivefi nger grip for the three-string banjo. Yet another says the kid didn’t play it. It was another’s hand coming through the shirt.

Is the answer you’re looking for that the real title is “Feudin’ Banjos?” That song was composed in 1955 by Arthur Smith as a banjo instrumental.

Thanks, John and Ernie, you really worked that one through.


The Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library will present two films in its Thursday night foreign film series in January. Both beginning at 7 p.m., La Notte di San Lorenzo (Italy, 1982) The Night of Shooting Stars and Shall We Dansu (Japan, 1996) Shall We Dance will be shown on Jan. 14 and 28, respectively.

The Friends’ Sunday Afternoon Music Series this month will present Black & White Band, with music of the 1950s, 1960s and doo-wop on Jan. 17.


Congratulations to two islanders who have been promoted at the Community College of Rhode Island. Martha Vigneault is now a full professor and Patricia Lucas is an assistant professor.


Kudos to Jamestowners Megan Greene, Victoria Dolce and Samantha Leonard of the North Kingstown High School field hockey team, who were named to the Southern Rhode Island Newspapers fall sports all-area team.


Anna Templeton-Cotill also knows the lyrics to Irving Berlin’s “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning.”


Chopmist Charlie’s is the subject of a glowing article by Linda Beaulieu in the latest issue of SO Rhode Island.


What a New Year’s surprise from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Our Blue Chip policy increased from $94 to $146 a month without any warning and without a state hearing that we know about. How is the “change” working out for the rest of you?


Regardless of what the media has been telling you lately, we are not in the second decade of the 21st century. That happens on Jan. 1, 2011.


Last week, we had two granddaughters staying with us. Summer, 11, and Olivia, 13, get along like any two sisters that age. They sleep in late and stay up late. Joshua, our 13-year-old Vallhund, loved them, but especially Summer, who took him for walks and slipped him treats. Between the two, the computer got a workout and they taught me things about the machine I didn’t know. The TV was on most of the time and I had to explain at New Year’s that the bowl games are special to grandpas and we get sole possession though they can watch if they want. Food was no problem, for they eat just about anything constantly. “When is supper?” was an oft-asked question. There were also strange beep beeps from cell phones and I kept having to remind myself to leave the seat down.

I’d like to thank the Jamestown Philomenian Library for being open and having computers. Also, thanks to Melissa Maxwell, a friend of the girls’ mother, for taking them on excursions and into her home.

Now they’ve returned to Connecticut and school time again. No more jousting for the TV and what’s left of the ice cream. The house is quiet. And I no longer get any hugs.

By the way, has anyone seen Mim?


A Snapple cap moment: The most sensitive parts of the body are the mouth and fingertips.

*** We’ll argue that one.

*** Be true!


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