The Washington Times - November 9, 2007, 02:27PM
VP Al Gore “green-themed” week SEE RELATED:

video of the Gore portion of the show Paul Kaplan my post about the “Run, Al, Run” concert’s cancellation
\ Paul Kaplan responds. Folk music 101: for hundreds, probably thousands of years, people have taken the music in their culture and fashioned it, either a bit or a lot, to meet current needs. They have done this, with few exceptions, with no hope of remuneration, but just because they needed to do it as self expression. If you are lucky, your self-expression will strike a chord and your song will last. In my case, over a forty-year career a few of my songs have achieved this status (see Being Human, from the President’s Council on Bioethics—yes this president! Or see the Digital Tradition database at the Mudcat Cafe).\ \ In the case of “Run, Al, Run,” the lasting power is open to question. It certainly has brought a lot of pleasure to Gore supporters, who have embraced it. It also seems that many of you are enjoying the song, in that you seem to take great pleasure in expressing yourselves angrily in print.\ \ I wrote the song last March, at no one’s behest. Anyone who says I wrote it for a particular occasion eight months later is not telling the truth. Yes, I borrowed the tune of the verse. This is what people do. The song that inspired the verse, though it sounds like “Shortning Bread,” is actually “Zudio,” an African-American singing game which begins “Walking down the alley and what do I see? I see a great big man from Tennessee.”\ \ As for the video, one of you picked up on the only part I am not pleased with, namely, the picture of the World Trade towers, which I agree is inappropriate. My daughter, who made the video in a big hurry (mostly from images I sent her, though not the twin towers), did not have the time to go back and edit that out. I apologize.\ \ Posted by Paul Kaplan | November 8, 2007 9:19 AM
Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times