It's President's Day... According to These Guys If you're like me and you spend most of your waking hours thinking about Rutherford B. Hayes, then you'll like this. Three songwriters from Northern California -- Christian Kiefer, Matthew Gerken and Jefferson Pitcher -- have produced and written a total of 42 songs, all based on the tenure of an American president. Trust me, I'm not talking just about Ike or Tina Turner. The songs cover everyone from George Washington through Bill Clinton, though, it should be pointed out, that is only 41 presidents. (People forget that Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd President and the 24th President. So they are a number off.) The songs seem to take liberty with the truth in some cases, and there is at least one obscenity -- that involving William Henry Harrison. But people who have heard the offerings tell me they're pretty good...
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It's President's Day... According to These Guys

If you're like me and you spend most of your waking hours thinking about Rutherford B. Hayes, then you'll like this. Three songwriters from Northern California -- Christian Kiefer, Matthew Gerken and Jefferson Pitcher -- have produced and written a total of 42 songs, all based on the tenure of an American president. Trust me, I'm not talking just about Ike or Tina Turner. The songs cover everyone from George Washington through Bill Clinton, though, it should be pointed out, that is only 41 presidents. (People forget that Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd President and the 24th President. So they are a number off.)

The songs seem to take liberty with the truth in some cases, and there is at least one obscenity -- that involving William Henry Harrison. But people who have heard the offerings tell me they're pretty good.

Actually, I've long been interested in the confluence of music and presidents, especially since Linkin Park was named after the 16th president.

By the way, this compilation does not include one for George W. Bush; that one is in the works. There is a song for Ronald Reagan, and that's how it should be. Reagan was a popular and beloved president who is still revered years after his death. But I must tell you that I'm just a bit perturbed that there are still some streets, buildings and pizza parlors in Washington not named after Reagan. I wonder what's up with that? I can't believe that they can name a car after former President Ford and a body part after Adam Clymer, but there are still some things not named after the Gipper.