The American Crisis Playlist, Series Two

Flagpoles Up Our…Residence

American Crisis Playlist, week of 6/3/24

Terry Barr
The Riff
Published in
6 min readJun 4, 2024

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Listening to Orville Peck sing can cure certain ills, and I sure wish someone had the guts to explain to Justice Alito and his black-robed ilk that upside down Appeal to Heaven flags do nothing but stir up unmasked or gas-masked people to believe that we are one nation under the Orange Blimp.

I also wish someone — anyone — would play them something like “Kalahari Down” or “Hexie Mountain” and explain how a boy from South Africa can come to America and make his dream of becoming a masked gay country singer come true.

I think Alito colors his hair, what about you?

And speaking of flags up our…maybe you saw the Blimp’s “speech” right after he was found guilty on 34 counts of election interference. Yes, I know the charges were more specific and wide-ranging, and yes, I know that some feel that they should never have been brought in the first place, and it’s all political.

Maybe it is political, but call me irresponsible or vindictive or just plain old masked in all my intentions, but when someone is playing by the set of “rules” that this would-be banana king is playing by, then what’s a poor boy or girl to do but take that political bat and…

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Terry Barr
The Riff

I write about music, culture, equality, and my Alabama past in The Riff, The Memoirist, Prism and Pen, Counter Arts, and am an editor for Plethora of Pop.