I was watching Keith Olbermann last night and I realized that I may have inadvertently stumbled onto Rex L. Camino’s purpose in life.
Before I share that with you, I must say this: “Rex, if you go to the LOC website, you can search for music and you will find MP3s of all kinds of crazy stuff that they have in their collection (like the Lomax recordings) that you can then download, at least until the LOC figures that out.”
Okay, so what the world needs Rex for…
I was watching Olbermann last night and it was that other dude subbing in for Keith and he was talking to Dan Was about the current crop of anti-Bush songs and Was was pulling that insufferable music snob crap about how these songs are not as good as songs from the 60s because they’re too specific, as if ambiguity in a protest song is good.
I mean, could you imagine if Woody Guthrie had been all like “This land belongs to some folks/ let’s not get too specific. This land belongs to some other folks / clear to the Pacific. Which is an ocean I have no opinion about. This land is here beneath my feet.”?*
Anyway, my point is that Charles Wolfe, god rest his soul, is dead, which means there isn’t anyone who can just be like, “Excuse me, but I believe you’ve over-looked the grand and important contributions of…” whoever. I don’t known, because I don’t know that much about music.
But Rex L. Camino does and he could learn more. It could then be his job to call up places while folks are on the air and be polite, yet firm, as he corrected their myopic notions of what American music is.
*Shoot. That’s kind of good! Maybe I should get into the ambiguous non-offensive protest song writing business.