This past Spring,
Oklahoma State Representative Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) and State Senator John Ford (R-Bartlesville) joined together to put their bipartisan support behind House Concurrent Resolution 1047
, a bill to designate the Official Rock Song of Oklahoma, as to be chosen by the people. As long as the song was written or recorded by an artist from Oklahoma, it would be eligible. The lengthy list
of nominees has now been pared down to ten, and the voting has opened online
. The finalists vary from Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel
" (written by Okie Mae Boren Axton
) to "Do You Realize
," by The Flaming Lips, and my personal pick, Three Dog Night's "Never Been to Spain
." [more inside]
Chief Justice Roberts (mis)quotes Bob Dylan
* in his dissent on Sprint Communications Co. v. APCC Services, Inc.
, making this the first known time that a Supreme Court Opinion has used a "rock song to buttress legal opinion,"
according to Alex B. Long
of the University of Tennessee. Mr. Long knows a thing or two about this**, having authored [Insert Song Lyrics Here]
***, a Washington & Lee Law review Article on the subject of Pop Music in legal writing. The article is funny†, insightful, comprehensive in its musical background††, and surprisingly knowledgeable about good taste in writing.††† [more inside]