Saturday, June 23, 2007

With a Song in Our Hearts and Stars in Our Eyes

What is a song? What does it mean, in the grand scheme of things? Can a song change the world? Can it sum up all the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a presidential candidate?
I wouldn't bet on it.In olden times (as the kids say), presidential campaigns would commission songs that usually had all the grace and elegance of a Hallmark card written by an accountant. You can be forgiven for not recalling such toe-tappers as "Huzzah for Madison, Huzzah," "Tippacanoe and Tyler, Too," "Buckle Down with Nixon," and "Get on a Raft with Taft" (which, considering Taft's girth, sounds like a really unsafe suggestion).

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