As we prepare for the tenth anniversary of Bellairsia, we’re using our absurdly rad Twitter feed to share some memorable moments and commentary in the form of Top Ten lists.
We’ve been told by a few friends that John had no particular musical talent but could more or less carry a tune and would sometimes sing stanzas of his favorite song while strumming an imaginary guitar (we won’t hamper a guess as to how well his fared at air guitar, but...). As one can guess from his novels, John had a strong interest in folk music, with folksinger and minstrel Richard Dyer-Bennet one such favorite (the singer visited the Notre Dame campus in 1958, during John's junior year in South Bend). Al Myers recalls Dyer-Bennet’s version of the The Vicar of Bray being one of John’s favorite songs, about a churchman who survives the several waves of English religious wars by shifting his allegiances in order to keep his job.
We thought that for this month we’d present a musical top ten of sorts, songs that are historically significant or memorable from their usage in John’s writings. Who can’t help but feel a slight chill down his or her back remembering when Johnny heard the ghostly echo of “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” or listen to the droning reminders about a certain individual who hails from (or so he claims) Wisconsin.