Not a pain, a paean: A song of praise or triumph. I want to sing a song of praise for an Iowan doing well and display his music video via Youtube for you to check out.
Some of you may know by now that I hail from the quite small town of Guttenberg, Iowa, the largest town in Clayton County (at a whopping 1,900 people) in the beautiful northeast corner of our fair state. Guttenberg is an old river town with a lot of history, it's one of the oldest towns of known continuous settlement west of the Mississippi due to its amazing location on the river, with the white man's first claims coming via a 1673 naming as "Prairie La Porte" by French explorers. Its name was changed to honor Johan Gutenberg by the influx of Germanic settlers in the 1840s, and a lot of beautiful old German limestone buildings remain as the center of downtown to this day. But this post is not a song of praise for Guttenberg itself. It's a great little river town if you like leaf season, hunting, fishing, bald eagle watching, or the best motorcycling country roads in the state. But like a lot of small Midwest towns, Guttenberg has fallen on hard times in the past, well actually many times in the past several hundred years due to how old it is. It remains beautiful due to its location, buildings, and people.
One of those beautiful people is a son of Guttenberg that was a year older than myself, a true artistic soul that has tried his hand at everything artistic in the past 20+ years despite how hard that life can be in surviving. He has a very limited IMDB and a discography that can be hard to find, but he's finally starting to catch on and we Guttenbergers couldn't be happier for him. His newest band, the Ludlow Thieves, has recently had a few of their songs chosen for national airplay, including one as the background music to FOX's tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims prior to Game 1 of the World Series ("Sing Me Back Home"). But our friend could always use more fans and more publicity, so I'll tell you to check out his video and know that when the video shows the ordinary people and ordinary places, they are all real people and places in our real small town. If you've ever visited Guttenberg you'll see a lot of familiarity in there, maybe even some people you know. If you haven't, you might get a quick intro to my hometown with his music video about his visits back from NYC to little old Iowa.
So without further ado, I introduce to Hamsterdam a son of Guttenberg with my post of praise and his paean of a video about our shared hometown. Danny Musengo, take it away. Hamdammers, I dare you not to remember the exact way he sings the words "Ordinary People"
Ordinary People (via Danny Musengo)
For more info about Ludlow Thieves and their upcoming show dates, their Facebook page is the spot