Homo Erectus Would’ve Made a Good Cowboy

It’s amazing just how much your childhood shapes you. Even the things you might not consciously remember can play an important part in your love for them. Such is the case with my inordinate affection for classic cowboys.

My father loves Westerns. Stagecoach. Unforgiven. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A Fistfull of Dollars. True Grit. The Magnificent Seven. Even Blazing Saddles.

As a young child, he also introduced me to the magical musical storytelling of Marty Robbins, and “El Paso” has been…