A friend of mine, Randy Alexander of Randex PR who works in the rarified field of music publicity has pointed me to an interesting client of his, Susan Werner.
Susan Werner, composer of a middle-ground protest song about the US, "My Strange Nation," has caused a little stir. A short video set to the song is now playing on the Huffington Post blog. It's got some funny twists in the lyrics, but is ultimately a love song to America. In a time of hyperventilating politics, that might be enough to kill it, and that would be unfortunate.
The song reminds me of Cashman & West's "American City Suite," from the 1970s.
Worth a listen, though. You can download the MP3 and lyrics for free at Susan's website.