Probably not too many of even the shrinking portion of the population that remembers "Born to Be Wild" or "Magic Carpet Ride" remembers their album Monster and its title cut, their very quick overview of the history and then-current problems of the US (remember, this was back in the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon), but in this time, amid the festering, corrupt obscenity that is the Obama administration, the last chorus is more applicable than ever:
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now,
We can't fight alone against the Monster...
I'm tempted to put it on a sign for the Tea Party event tomorrow.
UPDATE: How could I have forgotten Copland's A Lincoln Portrait? I have a version narrated by Katherine Hepburn. By the time it was recorded, her voice had acquired that wobble that was so heartbreaking to hear, but strangely, it is perfect for the piece; she's the feminine equivalent of that implacable bearded fellow on the Kansas album cover. The quote from the last Lincoln-Douglas debate is appropriate to our time: