It started with hearing the news that Lou Reed had died and pulling out an old LP by the man (that also took me back to some old memories). But putting it back the next night is why I listened to The Pretenders.
I have only worked on one political campaign. I was fresh out of college. Bob Edgar lost. I was gathered with others who had worked on the campaign. A song came on the radio, and a woman next to me said, "They just don't spit vile like they used to."
I don't think I ever saw that woman again and her name is gone, but I so remember that quote. She needed music that was raw and angry that night.
Bob Edgar went on to do some fabulous things outside of politics.
Years later Arlen Specter would gain my respect for being a moderate in a polarized DC.
I had a student that once said, "Why jazz? Can't we listen to rock."
I said, "Sorry, I am no longer an angry young man."