• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 2 comments on “Hail to the Chief” Is No Simple Fanfare

  1. This is one of the most illogical, non-sensical articles in BU Today.

    “When the US Marine Band plays “Hail to the Chief” as President Donald Trump enters a room, the rousing melody seems to be all about pomp and pageantry, but history gives the 200-year-old song a darker resonance, says Joseph Rezek.”

    Has this melody not had that “darker resonance” since its writing? And isn’t the “darker resonance” a societal association? The Democratic Party that responded to Emancipation with Jim Crow laws, the formation of the Klu Klux Klan and the nation’s first gun laws — designed solely to deprive black people of the legal means to defend their property and lives can hardly be laid at the feet of Sir Walter Scott and the music for a theatrical production of “The Lady of the Lake”!

    What exactly does the current president have to do with that? The author might have just as easily used Barack Obama’s name as Donald Trump’s. And there are no feudal oaths of fealty permitted under the US Constitution: Making things like this up isn’t sound research or teaching.

    But I do get it: Everything has a better buzz for some if it can be tied to anti-Trump, no matter how laughable.

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