The Singing Economist
At a lunchtime address this week to a joint meeting of the Rochester Women's Network and the local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Gardner broke into song.
Yes, song. One moment, he was talking about upstate New York's economic woes and their intersection with state government, and the next, he was satirically singing (a capella, of course) about Albany.
For example, to the tune of "Camelot," from the famous musical Camelot, he crooned this verse:
"Once elected I need never have to worry.
The district's boundaries make each win a breeze.
In short I must decree, That I've a life carefree
here in Albany."
And then, a few moments later, to the tune of "Maria" from West Side Story, Gardner sang this verse:
"The most beautiful sound I ever heard--the budget. The budget, the budget, the budget!
All the deals of the year in a single word--the budget. The budget, the budget, the budget!
They've offered to sell us the budget.
So a campaign needs a check! I know pays off handsomely!
The budget--I can't wait to spend NY's budget!"
Kent told me after the meeting that he briefly was a music minor in college, which explains his fair attempts to jazz up a subject that some people find...well...dismal!