I recently found this great newspaper clipping of my dad performing “The Cremation of Sam McGee” on stage. Growing up I heard him recite this poem around numerous campfires on dark starry nights on the sand bars of the Mississippi River. Every time it was like the first time…He had us all mesmerized and hanging on his every word. He also led the sing alongs playing his guitar with wonderful hits by Johnny Cash, The Kingston Trio and so many more. It was a magical time in my childhood – I treasure those memories and my Dad who turned 66 today…Happy Birthday Dad!
If you are not familiar with Robert Service’s poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee” follow the link, you must read it! (Imagine a sinister sounding narrator, who at lighter moments broke into very jovial tone..and the back…read it to the end!)