Richard Crowson

Editorial commentator

Richard Crowson is not only a editorial commentator for KMUW. He's also a cartoonist, an artist and a banjo player.

You might have heard him play with his band Pop & The Boys or with his wife at their standing gig at Watermark Books & Cafe. Richard is also KMUW's editorial cartoonist.

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Frequently in this space I sing little satirical songs about something in the news. Today, I don’t have a song.

I can’t find words that rhyme with “carnage” and with “tragedy.” Even if such rhymes did exist, there’s just not a melody somber enough to convey the way I feel about gun violence.

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Well, hello there, fellow Kansas heartlanders…I was just sitting here gulping espresso and trying my darnedest to (big yawn) stay awake and alert. After all, our pulse rate here in the heart of Kansas was supposed to be zipping along at warp speed by now. Gov. Sam Brownback’s great trickle-down economics experiment, in which he gave a massive tax cut to the rich and eliminated business taxes, was supposed to have us all buzzing around like manic hummingbirds on sugar water.

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of separation of church and state, I think of playing Frank Sinatra melodies on the banjo… (to tune of “Love and Marriage”)

Church and state, Church and state
Jefferson said they should separate
Though some folks dispute it
No historian can refute it

Church and state, Church and state
The wall between ‘em should be tall and straight
Huckabee might hate it
But church and state are separated

Abigail Wilson

 


song time…

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KMUW editorial commentator Richard Crowson has called a temporary truce on some summertime pests.

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  A senior bullied me when I was a 9th grader--a big, burley guy--as contrasted with my skinny little self. During lunch period, he told me to toss the remainder of my cupcake at my friend. I did it, jokingly.

Song time!

Oh its vacation time you head out of state

Get a little relief from all this Kansas hate

Head for a place where they don’t discriminate

La la la, when you’re vacationing everything’s great

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On mild summer evenings like we’ve had recently, it’s almost possible to believe the world is full of nothing more than cottonwood trees.

A gentle wisp of breeze can shake ten thousand of their leaves into a mild wave of applause. They’re still tender, not yet drying out the way they do in late August, and they make a softer summer sound in the Kansas wind.

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(Tune of Oh! Susannah)

What a session the Legislature just had! It was downright inspiring…

The legislators, they curled up

On the lap of the Governor

While he gave more money to the rich

And he robbed the working poor

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They screwed up almost everything

Like they were in a stupor

From schools to reproduction rights,

The courts and even Uber

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Oh, Sam Brownback, don’t you cry for me

Y’all gave me fodder for plenty of songs with a banjo on my knee

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Richard Crowson

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