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A Little Pop Culture

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Hi there, remember me? I know it's been a while, but this has been a strange and unusual summer. As is this post. No music to speak of, but a little pop culture that came my way last week.

Remember The West Wing? Sure you do. It was the political drama that ran on NBC from 1999 through 2006, featuring Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet. It was a good little show that managed to 1) hold on to most of it's cast for it's entire run, and 2) feature witty dialong, blue binders, the "Walk and Talk" and a presidential coat flip.

Seems one of it's actors, Mary McCormack, who played Deputy National Security Advisor Kate Harper in the last 3 seasons, has a sister who is running for the Michigan State Supreme Court, and being a dutiful younger sister, McCormack called a couple of her friends from the show, Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg) and Bradly Whitford (Josh Lyman), and asked if they'd do a spot for her sister, Bridget Mary McCormack.

Well, the whole thing blew up. Janney called someone, Whitford called someone else, and all of a sudden, most of the cast was on board, filming a West Wing reunion spot called "Walk and Talk The Vote".

Like the show, the spot, although a political one, has an underlying message. In recent Michigan elections, the number of people who vote down ticket has ranged between 25 and 35% less than those who vote the tip of the ticket, and it wouldn't suprise me if that number holds true here. Face it, in the primary, did you vote for Supreme Court Justice?

There is a shorter version of this spot, done in a PSA form without reference to the Michigan election. It's just as good, and has a subtle difference. Show creator Aaron Sorkin was NOT involved in the production, but where the spot above WAS political in nature, the one below is not. See if you can tell the difference, not in the script, but in the backround.

What's fun about this is that the cast and crew donated their time and talent, the whole shoot costing about $5,000 for props, insurance and lunch. And it's got about 700,000 hits. Pretty good for being released last Thursday.

A little research points out that this isn't the first time the gang has gotten together. A while back, the gang got together, courtesy Funny Or Die, to do a PSA on exercise. Just as funny, without the politics. And watch what Bartlet does with his coat....

My wife's immediate comment was "I wish they'd bring the show back". And I agree. Won't happen, though.

In theory, this IS a music blog, and W. G. "Snuffy" Waldren wrote some terrific music. So it seems fitting to end a music blog with some music.