This was almost certainly the highlight for me of last week’s Open Mic Night.
It was Eagan Heath’s (on the left) turn to perform, and he started by not completely taking off his coat, and then saying that he was going to be a bit irreverant. John Hanson (on the right) hollered out from the audience, asking if he could come join in. Eagan shrugged: "Surprise me". John hopped up to the stage, promptly took off his coat and shirt, and parked himself on a stool next to Eagan.
Eagan then launched in a wonderful version of the classic "Give me that old time religion", with John joining in on the choruses. After two or three of the traditional versions, Eagan starting doing new verses he’d written that were a wonderful, biting commentary on the religious right’s hijacking of public policy, education, and the like. Fun people like Jerry Falwell, groups like the Christian Coalition, and ideas like intelligent design all got skewered at some point along the way.
This thrilling festival of ideas concluded with Eagan also removing his coat and shirt and going into some wonderful church meeting dance action during the final choruses.
It was really wonderful stuff, and as much fun as I’ve had at a performance in ages. Sadly, if not surprisingly, the word is that some students were fairly offended, apparentlly because they share the common deficiency that makes it difficult for them to distinguish between criticism of some members of a group (christians in this case) and criticism of all members of the group.
Oh, well. The montage above gives you some sense of this great moment in the life of UMM.No tag for this post.