to the home page for The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld,
the unusual and timely new songs whose lyrics are direct
quotes from the Secretary's Pentagon briefings and interviews.
Set to music by San Francisco composer Bryant
Kong, the texts were previously arranged
into poems by columnist Hart Seely
and published in a popular book, Pieces of Intelligence,
Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld is attracting worldwide
attention, with features on CNN and National Public
Radio's Morning Edition; in the San Francisco
Chronicle and Associated Press; and in television,
radio, and print in North America, Europe, and Asia
including the BBC.
If you think
of Rumsfeld as a character in a Gulf Wars II musical,
these are the songs he might sing. The seven
songs show the Secretary not only holding
forth from his press podium, but in introspective moments
as well. These opposing moods are the natural results
of the situation in which Rumsfeld finds himself: he
is trying to sell a story that can't be sold.
Set in a variety
of musical forms, the songs are written in an accessible
style based in classical music, with strong popular
influences from cabaret to pop music. The words to “The
Unknown” are now classic (“As we
know, there are known knowns…”). “Happenings”
includes words now spoken by Rumsfeld in the new film,
Fahrenheit 9/11 ("You get told
things every day that don't happen..."). Other
songs include a waltz and even a Baroque aria.
Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld is an expression
of Stuffed Penguin's goal to update classical music
and make it accessible to a broader audience. We believe
that art must address the themes of the day to remain
vibrant and relevant.
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Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld.
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