I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately (those who know me know why). Today is the 3rd anniversary of my friend Jack Rose’s passing - an event that spiritually marked the end of an era in the Philly music scene. He was a pinnacle of our group of friends, gruffly making sure his hat was filled with dollars and coins for anyone sitting on the stage performing at our backyard bonfire parties if he weren’t up there himself creating magic on his guitar.
In Jack’s honor, I post this incredible new song by someone who has likely been highly influenced by Jack - carrying on the raga-style guitar work of an American mystic. A meditation of the highest order.
This track is part of his New Song EP, the third in a trilogy: New Space + New Music.
In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem-solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.
Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.