In a lot of ways, this album- and everything that has gone into making the project see the light of day- seems particularly prescient. While I was listening to Obama’s acceptance speech last night, I was packing up the last of the few remaining promos. His speech was cadence to my fold-stuff-seal labor, but it produced a harmony I am proud to be a part of. I know it’s no real comparison, but here we are in the midst of an honest to god historic election, and I am in the middle of the most adventurous release we’ve undertaken, chronicling our Presidents. If there was ever a right time to be stuffing envelopes, last night was it: the right release, the right place in modern history.
And as I was navigating the thick, substantial copies of Of Great and Mortal Men into the padded confines of the envelopes, I kept thinking, “What an amazing speech! What can McCain do to counter this?” Well, this afternoon, I found out. Palin took me by surprise (like 99.99% of the rest of the country), but after some contemplation, it seems that McCain picked who he thought was the most Republican version of Obama he could find. And then I wondered: “What song would Christian, Jefferson and Matt make of this? Will this political gesture become a lyric?”
As I was sitting in Waffle House this morning at an interview about the release, my phone buzzed. I just got an email from Christian, a forward of a rather comprehensive and positive review of Of Great and Mortal Men. The freelance reporter was in a hurry, sorting through questions ranked by importance and settled on this as his first: “So will this project bankrupt you?”
Really? That’s what you want to know?
Part of me wanted to say, “what the hell kind of question is that?! What does that have to do with the merits of the project?” and show him the review that just came but another part of me thought better and said, “Even if it does, it will still be out there, released.”