SAN FRANCISCO — Before the “last song” of Jonathan Coulton’s set, he was frank with us: “If I had even an ounce of stagecraft,” he said, “I would tell you this is the last song, then leave the stage, wait for you to clap, come back, play a couple more songs. But I’d have to go all the way over there.”It got me thinking. What good is tradition? I mean, sure, I could come up with a lede and transitions and all that journalism stuff. Inverted pyramids and whatnot.
Ah, 1968. So long ago, so different. Back then tensions were rising with North Korea, the United States was losing more and more troops in an unwinnable war, and black athletes were taking a controversial stand at major athletic events. Anyway, the music was definitely better. Like last week’s breakdown of 1967, here are the top five songs of 1968 as determined by an expert panel composed of me (with an assist from Robin St. Clare and Ash McGonigal, though I overruled them as I saw fit).
When we spoke to the New York-based singer-songwriter, he was on a cruise ship docked in Cabo San Lucas on what is ostensibly a business trip to prepare for the JoCo Cruise, then soon he’ll be in San Francisco for SF Sketchfest, and from there he’ll be continuing to tour for his latest album, Solid State. “I’m really only home for about six days this month, I’m doing so much traveling,” he told us. “I’m skipping the entire awful part of winter in New York. Looks like I planned it very well.
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