Sunday, August 3, 2014
(TEMPORARY NON-CONTROVERSIAL BLOGGING RESTRICTION IN PLACE) Joshua "Josh" Taft Sings The Song That Got Him Banned From Downtown Savannah, Georgia, "The Bullet" By The Devil Makes Three...
YouTube embed and blog post by John Hoff
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I'm not blogging about North Minneapolis right now. Readers who have been with me since 2008 can see how serious that is.
Now then, when I wrote yesterday about how I wouldn't write anything controversial for a while clearly I meant nothing controversial about North Minneapolis and my usual blogging subjects. So (as Monty Python used to say) NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!!!!!!
In the video above you can see...
...a young man named Joshua "Josh" Taft singing a song called The Bullet by The Devil Makes Three. What's the point of this blog post? Heck, just to share this song.
I met Josh while he was hitchhiking, though he was not actually on the road at that moment. He was between rides at Jack In The Box. So technically I did NOT pick up a hitchhiker. His thumb was not even extended.
Anyway, I befriended Josh and we hung out for a bit and I gave him a ride, some stamped postcards, a copy of Into The Wild and lots of fatherly advice. I told Josh I was planning to give Into The Wild to my 17-year-old son but I said "You need it more than he does." For a moment, Josh became like a surrogate son. If my son was hiking around the country, "finding himself," I would hope that safe and kind people would look out for him. I urged him to keep updating his parents.
Josh told me something amazing. Looking at the postcards I gave him, he said he'd "never sent anything with a stamp before." I guess in an era of email and postage meters, stamps are a rarity for a 20-year-old. That's a shame, I think.
In return for my gifts and hospitality, Josh played a song for me. It's called The Bullet by The Devil Makes Three. Josh says he was banned from all of downtown Savannah, Georgia for singing this song while seated on a park bench in front of a cup soliciting donations.
(Soliciting donations, HINT HINT)
If you think that's a rotten thing for Savannah, Georgia to do then feel free to pass on the song video, which I have uploaded to my YouTube channel.