YOUR NOSE. Let's see. Where are we? A tornado in Oklahoma
that's the equivalent of six Hiroshima bombs, used as a political punchline
by a Daily Show comedienne and as a Global Warming smackdown for obdurate Luddite Republicans by a Rhode Island senator. (Oh those humanity loving liberals, eh?) Three, maybe four,
scandals rocking Washington, all of which the president has only
learned about by watching the nightly news. Our messiah, the One,
knows less about what's going on in his great big magical government
than the rest of us do. (Except maybe Howard
Dean.) Why? Because he's busy,
On May 22, Obama and his wife will
honor singer-songwriter Carole King in the East Room of the White
house, who will be given the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin
Prize for Popular Song.
The prize has
been given to musical luminaries Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney,
and Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the past; King will be the
first woman honored. Other musical stars will perform in addition
to King, including Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Jesse
McCartney, Emeli Sandé, and Trisha Yearwood.
In 2002, King joined Democrat
representatives from California who had dinner with Fidel Castro
in Havana defying the Bush Administration’s insistence that
Cuba-U.S. relations would not warm until Cuba embraced democracy
and human rights. The dinner lasted from 9 p.m. Sunday
until about 4:30 a.m. Monday. King warmed Castro’s heart by
singing “You’ve Got A Friend” to him; later, she added a new song
she had written, "Love Makes the World."
King blathered, "My songs were a
message I wanted to bring here. I came here to learn because my
life, my work, is all about communication. We should be setting an
example of good will."
I'm taking a risk here. A president who isn't utterly tone-deaf
might at least postpone this event. Nah. The show must always go
on. Especially when everything is always only a show.
Quick! Name the other rock songs that reference St. Augustine.
SHATTERED YET. I had reason to go back and revisit the Stones,
which I know will occasion groans among many of you. But I have an
excellent reason I'll share after I get my wife with the broken wing
home again. In the meantime, with a nod to Helk and FA, I offer my
Song of the Day. Which fits me far better than what many of you would