Normal History Vol. 497: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I loved school! I loved my teachers, but I did find it a little weird that my first-grade teacher was the same as my third-grade teacher. I think I assumed there would be progress, not repetition. I’m sure I loved Mrs. McGillvary the first time around, but maybe twice was once too many. Plus, she pronounced the “d” in Wednesday and insisted that we do the same and I knew she was wrong. It held the door open for her to be wrong about other things, too. Who knows? Maybe that’s why she did it. Was she pointing out the fallibility of authority and mass acceptance of rules? Wed-nes-day. Funny. The fact that she also pronounced the silent “e” never bothered me. Indoctrination.

“Mrs. McGillvary” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):