Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Obama music

I'd been thinking about Frank Sinatra campaigning for JFK and wondering where were the catchy campaign tunes of today? I'm not talking about just using a Celine Dion or Fleetwood Mac song as a "theme" but original tunes? The tune is interesting but unsingable.

And then came my friend Liz, ethnomusicologist and all around cool person, with this link to songs about Barack Obama.

I think my favorite is the Miguel Orozco just because the chorus is catchy:
Como Se Dice…Como Se llama?
I don't even know what it means, but it sounds good and it rhymes.

Monday, May 19, 2008

What sort of education?

Here are two recent stories about higher education in our country. One is from the Boston Globe Sunday magazine and wonders if vocational schools are really the best choice for kids. The other is from the Atlantic and suggests that there are some people who just aren't suited for college.

I'm saddened to report that I am more sympathetic to the second. I think that's all I'll say about it.