Imagine my surprise when I turned on the tube and heard the song in an Eliot Spitzer commercial. While it's a nice spot, urging folks to vote in the primary, it's heartbreaking to see something so resonant and moving used in a political ad. I guess the Spitzer people are saying that the campaign against Tom Suozzi is like the Civil War.
Is it presumptuous for some dope with a blog to tell a great song writer what to do with his work? Yeah, I suppose so. But just as those Cadillac commercials changed the way I feel about Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll, Ashokan Farewell may not bring a tear to my eye the way it used to. Instead of thinking of Sullivan Ballou, I may be thinking of Eliot Spitzer.