Monday, February 20, 2012

Musical Monday - The Presidents by Jonathan Coulton

I don't want the Musical Monday meme to turn into the Jonathan Coulton show. I really don't. But it seems that every time I turn around looking for the right piece of music to post, Coulton has a song that is perfectly on point. And so it is for today, President's Day because Coulton happens to have written a song about all of the Presidents of the United States.

But just because you write a song doesn't mean that you remember it when the time comes to perform it live. The Presidents is a song with some fairly intricate lyrics. And on JoCoCruiseCrazy 2011 when he was asked to play it, he made several missteps on his way to getting those lyrics out. To get through the song, he turned to his audience, many of whom knew the lyrics better than he did, and were all too happy to shout out help as he struggled to sing it for them. And that, to me, makes the song even better.

Previous Musical Monday: I'm Your Moon by Jonathan Coulton
Subsequent Musical Monday: Sisters of the Moon by Fleetwood Mac

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