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Kelman seeks the songs of procurement

If you aren't a regular reader of Steve Kelman's blog, let me recommend this item:

Rock 'n' roll titles for the procurement community

Hillary Clinton has been soliciting suggestions for a title song for her presidential campaign on the Internet. According to the New York Times, suggestions have ranged from the Monkees' "I'm A Believer" to "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner.

This got me thinking about a similar exercise for the procurement community.

As with Clinton, some title choices will depend on one's views of the person. Supporters of Lurita Doan might assign her Aretha Franklin's "Respect," while critics might prefer Santana's "(You've Got to Change) Your Evil Ways" or even the Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes."

Other choices are more straightforward. Henry Waxman's hearing room could be dubbed "Hotel California," also by the Eagles. Tom Davis' song might be "We Can Work It Out" by the Beatles. Reflecting both his passion for metrics and agencies' views of OMB, I would suggest for Clay Johnson "96 Tears" by Question Mark and the Mysterians. And, of course, Danielle Brian of POGO should get Elvis Presley's classic "Suspicious Minds."

There's an obvious hit for GSA -- "Call Me" by Blondie, with its memorable refrain (recently appropriated for a telephone commercial): "Call me, call me anytime."

Asked to choose a song for myself, I would of course select the Standells' paean to Boston, "(Love that) Dirty Water" (though my wife, who has written about the Charles River cleanup, will remind us that the title is now out-of-date). However, others might make a different selection. POGO would probably choose the brilliant lyrics and pulsing beat of the Who song about a failed revolution, "Won't Get Fooled Again."

Other suggestions for songs and people?


The comments are just delicious.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Jun 14, 2007 at 12:16 PM


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