As a former disc jockey (yes we used real records then), I tend to relate to stories told by music, so I've been giving some thought to how we might celebrate President-elect Obama's historic victory with music.
So how will we do it?
I came up with an inaugural playlist that I think is fun, inspiring, and just a little bit irreverrent.
Come celebrate, and feel free to add suggestions of your own.
A little preview:
The rest is good too. Come have fun and celebrate.
Barack Obama's volunteer effort was unprecedented in a presidential campaign. In the beginning, many politicos didn't give Barack or his supporters much of a chance.
For a reply to the doubters and nay sayers, I loves me some Eddie Mercury!
We rocked the world!
Next, a little bye bye to G.W. How much better we will all feel when shrub is gone. I think the Byrds say it quite well:
Then there's Joe Lieberman. A lot of nerve he had,saying he was our friend long ago.
Bob Dylan has a message for him, 4th Street style.
Yes Joe, what a drag it is to be you indeed.
What about our one time foe who came to our aid when we needed her?
A thank you to Senator Hillary Clinton, as performed by Dusty Springfield. I like this blast from the past.
When all the votes were counted, America had a new President, and it wasn't just Barack Obama's victory, it was a victory that belongs to all of us. Barack won, we won, Democrats won, America won, the world won.
Doesn't it feel so good to win again?
Of course, for someone to win, someone has to lose.
The disaster that was the McCain campaign is summed up nicely by
Johnny Cash in the appropriately named "The wreck of the old 97."
The GOP, on the other hand, is in far worse shape than the tatters of the McCain camp.
For the debacle that the GOP has become, a catastrophe of grander scale comes to mind. The kind Gordon Lightfoot describes:
The presidential race was briefly distracted by Senator McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate.
I just wonder if anyone bothered to tell her not to eat the yellow snow.
Now it's back to Alaska for the "Wasilla Hillbillies."
That looks like Todd driving.
Of course, I had to include this campaign trail favorite.
Here Stevie belts it out circa 1970:
Just makes you want to get up and dance doesn't it?
Here's to change in America and the world.