March 19, 2003


WAR LISTENING: I bought some CDs today. The Clash's 1982 album Combat Rock was the most important-- it has "Rock the Casbah," with its history as battle cry in the Gulf. But I also picked up some Souza marches, some more general patriotic music (the "Star Spangled Banner" etc.), and some Verdi. Why Verdi? Well, the greatest militaristic classical music is German and Russian, but given Germany's and Russia's coziness with Saddam, their national greatest hits seemed like the wrong choice. "Se quel guerrier io fossi!" from Aida is the next best thing-- and the Italians are on our side.

(Don't worry, Dave, I'm not stealing your schtick-- this is a one-time thing.)

Posted by John Tabin at March 19, 2003 03:01 PM