Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Congratulations America.

I was on 125th street in Harlem when the news broke. I think you could have been anywhere in the city and elsewhere in the country and experienced the same collective sigh of relief. It was the most joyous celebration I've ever witnessed. There was dancing in the streets. New York can be like that, but I haven't seen it for a long time, and this was something much bigger than us that we were all a part of. When the announcement came on the jumbotron, the crowd erupted. "He won!" I yelled. An older woman turned to me and threw her arms around me jumping up and down. My friend Barron said it looked just like The Price Is Right. I was Bob Barker, yet she and we all won something much better than a new car. We got our country back.

Here's to the future.


"Back In The USA"
by The MC5, 1970.
available on Back in the USA

"Brown Eyed Handsome Man" mp3
by Chuck Berry, 1956.
available on The Great Twenty-Eight

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding" mp3
by Nick Lowe, 2001.
available on Live At the World Cafe - Tenth Anniversary Edition

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding" mp3
by Brinsley Schwarz, 1974.
available on The New Favourites of Brinsley Schwarz

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding" mp3
Elvis Costello and The Attractions, 1979.
available on Armed Forces

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding"
Steve Earle and The Dukes, 2003.
available on Just an American Boy

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding"
The Holmes Brothers, 2006.
available on State of Grace

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding" mp3
by Nick Lowe, 1995.
available on KGSR 107.1 Austin Broadcasts Volume 3


Anonymous said...

125th was the place to be; was hoopin' & hollerin' between a pile of cardboard and the bus stop myself

gill said...

Lifted a few hearts here in the UK too..

Anonymous said...

I was in Grant Park, Chicago, and it was pandimonium. They started playing Stevie Wonder & everybody was dancing....

Mike K said...

thanks for the Steve Earle & Dukes version of PL&U. Been wanting an mp3 of it since I heard it live by them about the time GW Numbnuts invaded Iraq.