I have put together a short playlist of songs about US Presidents for Presidents Day. Twenty-four songs cover fifteen different presidents, beginning with George and ending with Franklin Delano. It was my intention to avoid the modern era and its politics but there is a song, titled Presidents’ Day, that has some negative dialogue about Mr. Trump.
My wife and I bought a house in the Los Angeles suburb of Sylmar a few years ago. The area doesn’t have much local history, having been olive orchards before WWII and suburbia ever since, but whatever items we find that are branded with Sylmar history are brought home and displayed. The best example would be bottles used for containing Sylmar olive oil. My neighborhood shares a boundary with the city of San Fernando. While we don’t have the same attachment to items branded with their name I have found a song with their name that I enjoy. Yesterday’s mail delivered to me a vinyl 45 of Last Train to San Fernando as performed by Johnny Duncan and the Blue Grass Boys.
I remember specifically thinking that Public Enemy resonated with me. Even though I’m not black there were messages that I understood. Even though I never had trouble with the police or being disenfranchised or any true hardship, Chuck D and I saw eye to eye.