Who is this mystery man that has been sending me recordings with numbers for titles and album covers that feature photos of Presidents except for President 32 that used an actual dime for the cover because, after all, the thirty second president of the United States was Franklin Delano Roosevelt? From Maxel Toft‘s website; “The President Series (aka The Reverse Pregnancy Series) is a Maxel Toft project that began in 1999. Each album represents both a U.S. President and a week of human pregnancy from birth to conception. Starting with 42 (aka Clinton, aka overdue baby) and continuing in reverse order, all recordings are implicitly named and numbered according to past U.S. Presidents and a week of gestation”. Got it? Well, I don’t actually get it either and, as I wrote above, I’ve been the recipient of every recording. With the presidential election this Tuesday featuring a race unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetime, I thought it’d be a good time to catch up with Maxel Toft for his thoughts behind the project and to play some tunes from 30 aka Calvin Coolidge. Local Anesthetic, this Sunday night at 7:30 here on XRT.
Calvin Coolidge (White House Archives)