Do you celebrate Columbus Day? Or do the harsh realities of colonialism help you view this date as a teachable moment? Some of you might remember comedian Flip Wilson whose alter ego Josephine would always say that Ray Charles discovered America.
There’s still plenty to discover. Either way there are songs to sing and I’m just the guy to have someone else sing them.
A picaresque fantasy which ends with the line “He said his name was Columbus; I just said ‘good luck.’ Played the studio version this morning which includes one of the most famous botched intros in recording history
A fantasy of a different sort from Ozomatli
Because the search for the soul of a nation never ends
For those of you who think a long voyage is a cakewalk, here is Martin Mull.
The Firesign Theater. A quartet of radio geniuses re-construct the discovery of America. Warning: Satire is dangerous.
Before Todd became God, he lead this band who recorded this obscure number that addresses the subject at hand full on.
Mary Black covers this dreamy song filled with the explorer’s imagery.
Grace Potter finds the edge of the world exhilarating.
A strident protest song by, of all people, Elton John.