The Random Griffith

Don’t think anyone’s bothering to read this, sooooo …

Posted in Uncategorized by Jackson Griffith on 19/12/2011

Might as well run something up the flagpole here, just to seee who salutes it. I looked at the ticker, and no one’s reading this godforsaken blog, so I can pretty much say anything and no one will bother to respond. Anyhoo, so I’m about to enter into a hermit-like existence for the next few months, writing my masterpiece of Americana, titled “Let Us Now Praise Also-Rans.” Its subject matter will span over 200 years of American history, that subject matter being the losing vice-presidential candidates since 1796, which will cover at least 50 candidates, meaning at least 50 new songs. It will begin with Aaron Burr and will finish with Sarah Palin.

I figure that might make for an interesting narrative thread through American history, or pop culture and American history and other stuff. I’ve already written about half of the first three songs, the first one on Aaron Burr,” titled “How We Will Be Remembered”; the second, as yet untitled, on Samuel Adams; the third, on brothers Thomas Pinckney and Charles Cotesworth Pinkney, both of whom ran unsuccessfully for vice-president. That one doesn’t have a title, either. Partially written means that I have full melodic and chord structures, and some words. Next up, after that, is Rufus King, and then I’ll have to look at my list for what comes after that. I think it’s some Norwegian-sounding guy.

I figure that if I’m lucky, I can write the final 14 or more songs in February, in time for February is Album Writing Month. Working backward from Sarah Palin, the major-party candidates are John Edwards, Joe Lieberman, Jack Kemp, Dan Quayle, Geraldine Ferraro, Walter Mondale, Bob Dole, Sargent Shriver, Thomas Eagleton, Edmund Muskie, William Miller and the guy who I wanted to write a song about that inspired this project, Henry Cabot Lodge. Oh, and before him, C. Estes Kefauver, who had a high school named after him in a National Lampoon high-school yearbook parody. I forget who’s before that, except that I think the losing candidate in 1920 was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Unlike the three guys who gave me the idea by doing a project on presidents, I don’t expect anything to come from this. But if I can get my act together, you can expect some pretty decent songs. I’ll be launching a new blog and posting rough mp3 versions sometime after the first of the year.

Wish me luck? —Jackson Griffith

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  1. Lawrence King said, on 19/12/2011 at 11:41

    Simply pure, unadulterated genius! [odd, looking at the recent entrants: so much more interesting than the standard-bearers they ran with [Muskie’s emotional meltdown, Ferraro’s ‘ties’ [alleged] to the mob, Kemp’s ‘gay quarterback’ moniker [ah cain’t quit you, newt, or Knute — wasn’t Newt Romney a great Notre Dame coach?].Eagleton’s mental shock treatments, and you could compose an opera on John Edwards!…and a reality TV show about S Palin…[whoops, been there!]. I can’t wait for these [full dislosure: my folks thought briefly about naming me Rufus in honor of our distant relative…there but for the grace of god…]

  2. Lisa Pahl said, on 19/12/2011 at 12:37

    Love this idea! btw – I read you posts in my email since I ‘follow’ you. It may not show up as views on your blog, but know that i do… =)

  3. Amy Yannello said, on 19/12/2011 at 17:04

    Jackson — I’m reading!! 🙂 // Good luck to ya in this latest pursuit — so great that you’re going to be writing a slew of new songs. Merry Christmas, my friend, and I hope our paths cross very soon in the New Year. Blessings ~~ A.

  4. Amy Yannello said, on 19/12/2011 at 17:14

    ps: just so ya knows: because I “follow” you, your column comes to my email inbox. Not only that, but I’ve got a special “Random Griffith” folder in my email box where I save the particularly choice columns (which are MANY)…so please, please, PLEASE, don’t think lack of “hits” on your site mean lack of “views” — I think there must be many like myself who subscribe!!!! 🙂 // Hat’s off to ya for cont. to write… I’ve been in such a funk for so long that my blog has cobwebs like you wouldn’t believe… the last column I wrote was an “apology” — and I had high hopes of going back… but then LIFE intervened … well, I’ve seen a couple of those from you, so you know where I’m coming from. (sigh)… Dead Letter Office is right… ANYWAY, that is to say, glad to see you back to posting regularly and into a new project for the coming year. Gives me hope!!!!! Go team!

  5. sherri said, on 19/12/2011 at 22:40

    I’m here. I think you should include a song about Job Harriman who ran with Eugene Deb as a Socialist in 1900. He even developed a utopian community in the Mojave Desert that might require a verse or two. Merry Christmas Jackson and a Happy New Year.

  6. Jo Slo said, on 19/12/2011 at 23:10

    Well, I might be late to the party, but I always eventually show up. Ditto on what Lisa and Amy wrote, I often read your blog through my email….and yours is the ONLY blog I read. Know you are loved and admired by many, not just a few. So take that, pussycat, and let the words and music flow!

  7. mark weaver said, on 20/12/2011 at 02:58

    always cool stuff

  8. Mrs T said, on 20/12/2011 at 16:39

    Great timing, if you know what I mean. Let the muse be with you!

  9. Jeremy Maron said, on 21/12/2011 at 00:57

    Jackson,
    I absolutely read your posts. They get sent (in their entirety) by email and usually read them there. That may be a reason for the lack of “clicks” on your site.
    Look forward to playing som guitar with you after the holidays.

    Cheers,
    JAM

  10. Karen said, on 21/12/2011 at 09:29

    I also read by email not clicks. Aaron Burr was a pretty interesting guy, not a bad place to start.

  11. Rachel said, on 22/12/2011 at 03:28

    I’m reading and I’d totally listen to that!

  12. Kristiistiisti said, on 23/12/2011 at 01:50

    I must be no one Brian. Keep writing. Happy Holidays. You should appreciate more. I’m in Siberia. Depression strikes. Roll with it. I wish I lived in Sacramento. Life’s good though… I’ll keep reading. Kristi

  13. lawrence king said, on 05/01/2013 at 12:33

    Anything ever happen to this? Have you made it up to Horace Greely?


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