Morning names: Confrey, comfrey

From my subconscious this morning: Zez Confrey (definitely a memorable name), and then comfrey.

Zez Confrey. From Wikipedia:

Edward Elzear “Zez” Confrey (April 3, 1895 – November 22, 1971) was an American composer and performer of piano music. His most noted works were [the novelty ragtime tunes] “Kitten on the Keys,” [(1921)] and “Dizzy Fingers.” [(1923)]


“Kitten on the Keys” played by Confrey himself (audio only), on YouTube.

“Dizzy Fingers” played by Cory Hall, on YouTube.

Comfrey. It’s a plant. From Wikipedia:

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) is a perennial herb of the family Boraginaceae with a black, turnip-like root and large, hairy broad leaves that bears small bell-shaped flowers of various colours, typically cream or purplish, which may be striped. It is native to Europe, growing in damp, grassy places, and is locally frequent throughout Ireland and Britain on river banks and ditches. More common is the hybrid between S. officinale and S. asperum, Symphytum × uplandicum, known as Russian Comfrey, which is widespread in the British Isles, and which interbreeds with S. officinale.

… Comfrey species are important herbs in organic gardening. It is used as a fertilizer and as an herbal medicine.


One Response to “Morning names: Confrey, comfrey”

  1. Stan Carey Says:

    ‘Kitten on the Keys’ is on regular rotation on my mp3 player; ever since I encountered Confrey I was struck by both his playing style and his first name. Never made the connection with Comfrey before, probably because I seldom encounter it.

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