frenchpony (frenchpony) wrote,

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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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