Wait a minute. What about "all that"? Well, it'll be music, I guess. I know! It'll be the music that won World War II. For who? For US, of course. I remember a dusty little cardboard box of CDs that I bought at a yard sale back in the distant past. Of course, these were CDs which had been re-recorded from the LPs, which had been re-recorded from the 78s. Lucky they got re-recorded, because I don't have anything that will play 78s, and haven't had for many, many years. Too many. Way too many! Yikes!
Well, I looked at these CDs, and the first one was by Spike Jones. Remember him? Spike Jones and His City Slickers? And check out the title: Der Fuehrer's Face. That used to be great fun, laughing at Hitler. And here's The Almanac Singers! Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, all that crowd, singing Round and Round Hitler's Grave. And check out these great names of the past: Big Crosby and the Music Maids, Perry Como, Glenn Miller and all those other famous Big Bands, who gave up playing swing dance music for three or four years to musically win the war. All the parents and kids gathered around the radio to listen to The Hit Parade! And hey! It worked! We really did win that war.
Hmmm. Seems like we've had wars going on for years, like the war in Afghanistan has been going on longer than any other American war. You know, what we ought to do is turn the musicians loose on these wars and stop each one of them, before it even gets started, through the power of music. I bet they'd do a lot better than the politicians or the military officers or that guy with the orange hair. Join me next Friday, 8 to 10, on KRCB, Norcal Public Media. We've just gotta stop these wars!