Monthly Archives: May 2019

A musical look at the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates

“A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over.”

– Joe Hill, songwriter and labor activist 

In the spirit of Joe Hill’s quote about the power of song and with all due respect to the excellent reporting done on the campaign trail, here is a musical look at the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidates.

(Click here to listen to my May 17 radio show about the presidential race or keep reading to learn what songs I played – and why.) Continue reading

As Billy Joel turns 70: Five songs from the ‘Piano Man’ to inspire journalists

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References to the New York Times and the (New York) Daily News in “New York State of Mind” are the most obvious connections between Billy Joel’s lyrics and the world of journalism. But journalists also can find connections in several songs from the Piano Man’s extensive catalog. As Joel turns 70 today, here are five of his compositions that will resonate with the hard-working members of the Fourth Estate. Continue reading