Mister Bad Example or “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to teach me a lesson?”

Despite iTunes’ ubiquity, I continue to find it so fascinating. Oft times, it’s the synchronistic oracular moments. Other times – like today –  it’s the myriad different ways it allows one to parse data.

When Warren Zevon’s classic polka “Mr. Bad Example” began playing I looked up and realized just how many songs there were about men. And then, how very few there are about women. And this struck me as odd. Aren’t men always writing songs about women? Maybe. But they surely aren’t writing them about “Mrs”. And even they are, “Mrs. Brown” is really a song about her Lovely Daughter. And “Mrs. Leroy Brown” is an obvious counterpoint. It’s awfully Brown too, isn’t it.

But maybe, I thought, that since “Mr.” applies to men married or single, maybe if I added “Miss” to the list it would come closer to evening out. Not so much.

It may be that there are more “Sweet Carolines” than “Handsome Johnnys”, but when it comes to respect and honor, woman seem to be getting the short end of the stick.

Here’s the curious list:



I take some small satisfaction in seeing that Miss Otis outnumbers all other Misters and Misses though….




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Lee Moyer creates original artwork, branding and design. His clientele includes: Film: 6 Laurel & Hardy classics, The Call of Cthulhu and Spiderman 2 Theater: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen King and Stephen Sondheim Music: Andre 3000, Tori Amos and John Mellencamp Book: Raymond Chandler, Iain Banks, and HP Lovecraft Web: BET, CareerBuilder and Paramount Pictures Game: Electronic Arts, Hasbro and Sony Education: McGraw-Hill, The National Zoo, and the Smithsonian Institution His work has been featured in Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators, and the New York Times. www.leemoyer.com

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