Carry My Wayward Son

The band Kansas released their first, self- titled album in 1974 and you should listen Carry On My Wayward Son now. Really, do it. Behold.

Here is the cover:

And this is the 1940 mural Tragic Prelude by regionalist (my favorite kind!) painter John Steuart Curry on a wall in the Kansas statehouse:

Yep, that’s John Brown.

You can read a scholarly article, “Kansas and the Prophetic Tone” by Mitchell Morris, if you’d like: (I found it on Jstor.) It is about the band more generally but refers to the mural’s “ambivalent ferocity.”

Some claim the song, Carry On My Wayward Son is about John Brown. I don’t think we know if that was the intention of the writer, but like the fella says, it’s all about the beholder.

Morris, Mitchell. “Kansas and the Prophetic Tone.” American Music 18, no. 1 (2000): 1–38. https://doi.org/10.2307/3052388.

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