It was the fall of 1972. America was still allowing its sons die in Viet Nam. Enlightened Americans in general and African-Americans, in particular, were still grieving the loss of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Fear and insecurities motivated enough Americans to do something many of us considered obscene at the time, they reelected Richard Nixon to a second term as President.
Sound familiar? I can’t help but recall how shell-shocked and depressed I felt the morning after the 2016 Presidential election. It must have been a morning like that in 1972 when Paul Simon sat down and composed an American Tune. Jazz singer Kurt Elling recently released a moving rendition of that classic song complete with stirring photos of the social struggles still tearing at the fabric of the American Dream.