Lines of Inspiration
Melodious expressions, Enduring Truisms
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
“I’m your friend; you can talk to me…”
Song Title: Better Love Next Time
Songwriter: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
Consisting of three humble southerners; having outgrown a band called the Chocolate Papers, set out to blaze a remarkable trail of their own. But first, they needed a name. Glancing around the establishment they were to play at, George Cummings came up with ‘Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show’, which had nothing to do with the establishment, Dr. Hook the pirate (who wasn’t a doctor anyhow), or fellow bandmate Ray Sawyer, who wore an eyepatch (much like Dr. Hook’s) due to a nearly fatal car crash a few years prior. Though eventually shortened to just “Dr. Hook”, the name stuck and the band soared to fame with a dozen hit singles (several certified million-sellers) in as many years, albeit without much success in album sales.
The Connection: Shel Silverstein!
Because of his poetry, screenwriting, and empathetic books for children, entitled “Where the sidewalk ends”, and ‘The Giving Tree”, because of his many contributions to the music world; penning such songs as “A Boy Named Sue” (Johnny Cash) and “Sylvia’s Mother”, popularized by Dr. Hook ;-) And because it’s the first Wednesday of the month – Insecure Writers Support Group day! Shel Silverstein may not have suffered many rejections, but he sure knows how to roll with the changes, doesn’t he?
So, how about that line? Does it call to mind a memory? Instill a sense of wonder? Are you familiar with the songs, the writer, or the band?
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