Tell That to the President

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10th, 2009
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Ailuk AtollCalvin & Grace CoolidgeA few years back I heard the story of Grace and Calvin Coolidge’s visit to a chicken farm when he was president back in the 1920’s.

Shortly after hearing that story I took a vacation to the island of Ailuk in the Marshall Islands. When the plane didn’t come to pick me up after a week, I was stranded there for an extra seven days. No restaurants, no stores, no one who speaks English, no computers, no phones and no electricity.

It was a strange combination of terror (”Will I be marooned here forever?!?!”) and boredom (”There’s nothing to do!”).

But during those odd Pacific days, I wrote the choral anthem “Tell That to the President”, telling the story of the Coolidges at the chicken farm.

This is one of the songs that the Dan Meyer Choir is currently rehearsing. Stay tuned!