The Vegetable Man

Here’s another lockdown video, in rather sillier vein than the last couple, to cheer up those still confined. It’s another remix of an old song of mine.

In this case it was written as a tongue-in-cheek critique/defence of vegetarianism, when someone close to me took that path back in the eighties.

However, veganism having become, it appears, an integral part of the contemporary environmental movement, ungulates have become the very opposite of the sacred cows of Hinduism, being named as a major cause of climate change. Meat eating is therefore as much a part of the new original sin as not divesting from fossil fuels.

So there’s maybe a political edge to the video that wasn’t in the song originally. The stop-motion stuff assumes that Miss Guinness is a suitable friend for Vegans – if not, it’s certainly OK with ordinary vegetarians.

Incidentally, leaving some animal noises on the soundtrack also caused some minor glitches on the music track, for which I apologise. Also, acting credits to Mr Potato Head, Miss Piggy and the T. rex I made for my granddaughter. Oh yes, and the Little Spuds dance troupe.

Jon Garvey

About Jon Garvey

Training in medicine (which was my career), social psychology and theology. Interests in most things, but especially the science-faith interface. The rest of my time, though, is spent writing, playing and recording music.
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3 Responses to The Vegetable Man

  1. Robert Byers says:

    I was listening to a Bob Dylan “protest” song and I wondered if a covid protest song would be a good idea. Yeah. i don’t make songs. Just a suggestion. unless you would actually get in trouble then don’t. Protest the house arrest indeed. just a thought.

    • Jon Garvey Jon Garvey says:

      Didn’t Bob cover that in his early days with “Corona, Corona”? 🙂

      And as Frank Sinatra yearned:

      Fly me to the moon
      And let me play among the SARS…

      Even the Beatles got in on it with “Don’t Lock Me Down.”

      Then there was that old standard, “My Old Flame”:

      “I’ve met so many who had fascinating ways
      A vaccinating gaze in their eye…”

      Nah, the market’s flooded already.

      • Robert Byers says:

        I just saw today a garage advertising OIL CHANGE with a free mask! if there is not a song in this fantastic ad then never was there a song suited to the times!! I’ll try and think something up.

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