Jonathan Winters

The Ghost Brigade

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At 82 years of age, Jonathan Winters appears before an American flag on the cover of his single The Ghost Brigade, which is some indication of the contents. A martial drum serves as his accompaniment, as he recites a poem in the voice of fallen soldiers. "We missed the big parade," he declares, "We are the ghost brigade." This piece is more mournful than patriotic, strictly speaking, and it certainly doesn't have a trace of humor from a performer who has focused more on characters than on comedy in his long career. It serves as a tribute to the military at a time when the U.S. continued to maintain struggles in two foreign wars.