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Rumsfeld: The Tune

Oh, man! The Sacred Harp singers met today, and one of the basses handed out a treat from Miss Pauline Creel Childers's birthday singing. Christopher Noren of Massachusetts saw the poetry in the words of our very own Defense Secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld: "As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the ones we don't know we don't know."

Others have seen it, too, but Chris Noren decided that such eloquence ought to be immortalized forever in the Sacred Harp tradition. The result, "Rumsfeld," can be found at its own website. You can download a PDF of the tune, and there is an mp3 (3.3 MB, but so worth it) of the Andover-Newton singers trying it out. It's not concert-quality; most of them are sight-reading. But it is a wonderful thing nevertheless. Hie thee to the website and hear Rumsfeld: The Tune!


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Mar. 7th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can actually go and listen to this. The thought makes my skin crawl for various reasons. But thanks you for scouting out this part of pop culture, Pony. Someone had to do it and better you than me!
Mar. 7th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't really call Sacred Harp a part of pop culture -- American traditional music is closer to the mark. Usually it isn't political, either, but Chris Noren thought this was too good to pass up.
Mar. 8th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
You're such a music person, Pony! I have no idea how that music would be classified so I'll trust your judgment. It was Rumsfeld I was calling pop culture, although I don't know how "pop" he is. The truly sad thing is that when I carefully read that quote you gave, I agreed with him. Now I have to go and pour lysol into my ears or something.
Mar. 8th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
So is it the awkward construction that makes you want to pour lysol in your ears? Mom Pony is a statistics teacher, so phrases like "known unknowns" don't automatically bother me. It's just seeing them strung so close together in that quantity and then actually said out loud in a Defense Department briefing that was stunningly weird.
Mar. 15th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this, Pony! I never would have found it on my own. I'd read the Rumsfeld quotation before and just blew it off as more hot air from D.C. Who'd'a thunk it could be made into something worthwhile?
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