The fabulous history of Munly Munly, Canada’s most beloved son is available with a google search in a Wikipedia post. You know how those posts go: Jay Munly, then they list the other names he is known under (Munly and Munly Jay Munly) and then list the obvious, is a banjo player, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. They don’t really mention his childhood, or where he went to school, or anything else that is personal. I guess we’ll have to wait for his autobiography. Most of the info is pretty cut and dry. With a deeper google search you’ll find articles about Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots and how Munly’s wide vocal range that ranges from a low bass to a high soprano floating on top of the The Lee Lewis Harlots’s dark, often sensuous string arrangements make for a unique sound. We all know and love that the essence and the intoxicating, seductive words remain long after the music stops.
But I bet you didn’t know that Munly had a second cousin on his mother’s side that is a maritime injury attorney working in New Orleans. He is one of those lawyers who represent maritime workers who are seriously injured in maritime accidents. Unless you work in that dangerous world you may be totally unaware of what maritime law is. Well, it pertains to certain laws that relate to the navigable fresh waters in the United States, as well as to the open water such as in the Gulf of Mexico or along the coastal seaboard of the US. Maritime attorneys primary focus on maritime law, often referred to as admiralty law and the Jones Act. The Jones Act allows a maritime lawyer to bring legal actions on the behalf of an injured seaman, against ship owners, ship captain, or other crew members after a serious accident has occurred.
Maritime injury attorneys are the folks who represented the injured workers in the Gulf of Mexico BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and fire that occurred in 2010. It was a hideous disaster with crew members being cut down by shrapnel, hurled across rooms and buried under smoking wreckage. This horrific disaster had two distinct parts. First there was a blowout, and secondly, the destruction of the oil rig, the Horizon in which 11 people were killed and dozens injured.
I can image that the stories of the surviving maritime workers and the hardship stories they would tell could become the inspiration for some haunting and were heart wrenching Munly songs. Lord knows those families suffered tremendous loses as did many of the folks who lived and worked in the gulf Coast. The environmentally oil contaminated coastlines, the death of hundreds of birds, fish, and eco systems is mind boggling.
Sorry for that digression. Sometimes I just get carried away and one thing, Munly’s second cousin on his mother’s side who is a maritime lawyer, just leads into ……. Well, you get the point.
Getting back to Munly and his history. He’s still alive and writing and preforming. As Munly once pointed out: “Whiskey is the best companion you’ll find.”
If you want to listen to some of his music go to this website: http://www.last.fm/music/Jay+Munly