The new House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, celebrated her first night by throwing a party with a house band not quite everyone will recognize.
Let's just get it out of the way now. Nancy Pelosi is a Deadhead. "'Ms. Pelosi is a huge Dead fan,' her spokeswoman said. The Dead you say? Or perhaps it should say The Grateful Dead. The remaining members of the American band the Grateful Dead played tonight for the party celebrating the new re balancing of power and the installation of Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House. The live music concert touted as "on January 4th, Nancy Pelosi Presents" wound down about 10:30pm EST.
The "House Band", which featured three members of The Grateful Dead as well as members from the band Phish and The Allman Brothers Bandopened the show with a touching "End of the Innocence' by Bruce Hornsby followed by "Touch of Grey" by The Grateful Dead. Then Tony Bennet sang"The Best is Yet to Come" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". Near the end of the concert, Wyclef Jean joined the house band to close the live music with Aiko Aiko. The encore was "You've Got a Friend".
If this is the music that the new Speaker enjoys, I have to give her props. All of those musicians are talented musicians and I can't imagine anyone not having a good time dancing to the music. I just hope that she does not turn out to be another blathering politician talking about what they will do and then not following through with what they promised. I would like to hope that Nancy will use this time to set things straight and if her recent pledge to " take the House gavel away from special interests and pass it to "the hands of America's children." is any indication of what is fueling her then I can't wait to watch her soar. I choose to be hopeful that this change will be a positive one. Fortunately, or unfortunately we don't vote for politicians in America based on the kind of music they listen to. But, for me personally, it was a nice surprise to find out that the new House Speaker has great taste in music.