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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
All Good Naysayers Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
I remember a billboard when I was a kid that said, "say something nice about Detroit". I don't know why I remember that, but it seemed to have stuck with me. Whenever anyone from the west side of the state talks about how bad Detroit is, I feel the need to defend it. With the farce that is the mayor's office (I don't remember past mayors being too good, either) & the crime, it's not easy to think of too many good things to say about Detroit. We had a bit of an uptick with the city being cleaned up for the All Star game & the Super Bowl. Come to think of it, I can't really say what it is that I like about Detroit, but I always have a soft spot in my heart for it. No one can explain that feeling like Sufjan Stevens, check out this video for some great footage of Detroit.
This evening, when all of the states' delegates were announcing their votes for the Democratic nominee, every state made a small speech about what's great about their state. When it was Michigan's turn, a delegate gave a laundry list of of what's wrong with Michigan-poverty, unemployment, jobs being shipped overseas. It was incredibly compelling, & it made me a little sad.
Five Favorite Songs of the Day
Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!-Sufjan Stevens, Michigan
Romulus-Sufjan Stevens, Michigan
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll-Bob Dylan, Don't Look Back Soundtrack
Honest with Me-Bob Dylan, Elizabeth 2008
The Mercy Seat-Johnny Cash, American III, Solitary Man
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