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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Twelve Days of Shoe Shopping #12: Drummers/ Peggys

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me,
Twelve drummers drumming…
which wouldn’t have been such a nonsensical gift when this song was first written down, in the late 1770s. At that time, drummers were more than just the backbone of any musical ensemble; they also played a vital role in warfare. On the battlefield, drummers set a marching pace. They accompanied parades and provided the drumroll of executions. Drums were so associated with military strength that in old English, “Tabert,” a great drummer, also meant a great king.


Monday, November 24th, 2008

Sensible Shoes For Smart Ladies

David Lee Roth is responsible for today’s MTV shoe video. As you can see, “Sensible Shoes” is a rather strange video. The camera alternates between a licentious crew of partiers and Roth pining around in nipple-high waisted pants, bemoaning how his life should be paradise. He’s funny, he has plenty of “new worlds to discover” in his black book, he’s attractive. Still, he’s lonesome. A gypsy tells him his problem is his footwear– he needs some sensible shoes to direct him back to his true love.

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