Sittin’ Down With Spain

Sarah Palin, taking a bite out of my acoustic guitar

OK, so I couldn't resist the urge to record a political tune. My main motivation was a Spanish-influenced chord progression that had been looping in my head for a while. Then, a couple of weeks ago John McCain, exemplifying his Bushian strategy of refusing to talk with foreign leaders who don't agree with him, refused to meet with Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain. This issue came up in both the presidential and vice presidential debates, and it, shall we say, struck a chord.

How do we work out our disagreements unless we talk? This is something my eight and ten year old kids are starting to understand. In doing so they've learned that talking through problems requires listening and trying to develop an understanding of the other person's perspective. Why is it so far-fetched for world leaders to apply this basic playground principle to their own interactions?

I could go on and on about this issue, but instead I think I'll leave politics for another day, and just share my music. I call my new tune "Sittin' Down With Spain". Check it out at

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One thought on “Sittin’ Down With Spain

  1. Hey Terry, You make a great point about communication. It's so interesting how we get triggered by others, and working through the defenses is difficult, to say the least. It seems nearly every problem I encounter in my work boils down to how humans are relating to one another. I'm hopeful we are soon going to get a President who knows how to communicate with Emotional Intelligence.