Remembering the Music Man

Turning 76 reminds me of “Seventy-Six Trombones” from The Music Man. Every town loves a parade. What’s a town without a parade? Or a big marching band? The Music Man, Harold Hill, arrives in peaceful little town of River City, and convinces its citizens that “they got troubles”. He’s a con man who sells musical instruments, promising to create the greatest marching band the world has ever seen, led by 76 trombones.

Sound and look familiar? No parades. Please, no parades.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, August 12, 2018.
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About Gordon C. Stewart

I've always liked quiet. And, like most people, I've experienced the world's madness. "Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness" (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan. 2017) distills 47 years of experiencing stillness and madness as a campus minister and Presbyterian pastor (IL, WI, NY, OH, and MN), poverty criminal law firm executive director, and social commentator. Our dog Barclay reminds me to calm down and be much more still than I would be without him.

10 thoughts on “Remembering the Music Man

  1. Well, I wouldn’t mind if the parade were all musicians playing and singing as well as this crew. But you are so right — no military parade. Absolutely not, with one exception. If 45 pays ***cash, out of his own pocket in advance, including every expense*** — *all* salaries, planning, insurance, cleanup, resurfacing of all roads affected by the heavy vehicles, etc., then I would still be opposed, but not quite so absolutely opposed. But all four conditions must be met: 1) CASH; 2) IN ADVANCE; 3) FROM HIS OWN POCKET; 4) COVERING EVERYTHING. Not one cent of taxpayer money should be spent for the parade he wants. He wants it, he pays for it.


  2. The flim-flam man sounds so reasonable and his proposal is so appealing, right up to the moment he tries to skip town when it comes time for the band to actually make music. Does this sound to anybody like River City might be on the banks of the Potomac?

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