Saturday, February 03, 2007

Presidential candidates announce their campaign theme songs

The original hippie generation is now in charge of things. Not that any of the current crop of candidates were hippies (Hillary's husband didn't inhale, after all), but they do like to rock.

Some of the Democratic candidates for president have chosen their campaign theme songs. A few have selected two songs, one for their entrance and one for their exit. Other than Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich, who chose an American traditional standard, the candidates are all posturing as oh-so-cool baby boomers. Here's what was played as each of the candidates entered and left the stage at Friday's Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • John Edwards: "This Is Our Country" by John Mellencamp
  • Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut: "Get Ready (Cause Here I Come)" by the Temptations and "Reach Out," also by the Temptations
  • Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York: "Right Here, Right Now," by Jesus Jones and "Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio: "America the Beautiful"
  • Wesley Clark, who hasn't indicated whether he will run, entered to Johnny Cash's "I Won't Back Down," a cover of the Tom Petty classic
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the only candidate courageous enough to admit he has used illegal drugs, decided against using any music, reportedly to maintain the somber tone he wants to convey.

George W. Bush's anthem for the last four years must have been Neil Young's "Living With War."

Do you have a theme song? Is there a song you feel "represents" you? What's playing inside your head as you enter and exit various events in your life?

I hope that as we all ponder who we'll vote for in the 2008 elections, our theme song will be The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

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  1. Music sways the people...Music will move the heart and inspire the imagination. ...Move the crowd is that not what they say?

  2. Brother,
    The theme song thing is something I have been advocating for years. I am a huge movie theme, several times have I been in a situatiom where, had I been directing it as a movie scene, I would have inserted a song or piece of music. Very few moments in our lives do regular people get to insert our own songs to convey the emotions of the moment (Weddings, funerals/wakes - last year, as a joke, our softball team put little clips of songs on cd/s and used them as batters music - our team is really bad, but watching a bunch of 30 & 40 year old guys and girls take the plate with songs like "Eye of the Tiger", "Hit me with your best shot", "She's a Maniac", and "Shaft" can't help but make you smile.

    Anyway my theme songs

    Not to Fade Away - Buddy Holly

    Willin' - Little Feat

    The Man in Black - Johnny Cash


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