Why we love Venus

Because of, among other things, this 5 star review of Of Great and Mortal Men.  Thanks, VenusZine!  Tasty quotes from our songs about Van Buren, Jackson, Washington, GHW Bush, and GW Bush too.


New Curricula

J. Matthew Gerken has developed a couple of new additions to the teaching curricula.  Find them below and, of course, via the “for teachers” link on the right.

Published in: on July 30, 2008 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

08) Van Buren

Back in February of 2006, Jefferson Pitcher, J. Matthew Gerken, and I set about writing and recording the original demos for these Presidents songs as part of the February Album Writing Month challenge (www.fawm.org).  We wrote and did demo recordings of 42 songs (all but G.W. Bush) in Februrary–28 days and 42 songs.  Sheesh. 

In any case, as part of that, we wrote little texts to accompany each new song as we got them up on the FAWM website.  I like looking through them now as they seem part of a crazy, crazy time. 

Burr Settles, a fine songwriter in his own right and the FAWM-lord, was kind enough to get me an html backup of all the original texts we wrote, and it includes the comments other songwriters wrote on the demos as we got them up.  I’m including those as well.

08 Van Buren (The Little Magician)

by j matthew gerken — 2006-02-13 @ 01:10pm (EST) — Alt/Indie, Folk, Rock

Van Buren unsuccessfully ran for re-election three times.


  1. PlushBaby | 2006-02-13 @ 01:55pm (EST)just to let you know, the current link doesn’t seem to work 😦
  2. Christian Kiefer | 2006-02-13 @ 01:57pm (EST)I fixed it. Sorry!
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