Gerard is a politician with musical 'cred'

Gerard is a politician with musical 'cred'

Mayor Don Gerard got a shoutout this week in an MTV blog about "Musicians with Political Cred." He was named by the author as one of five musicians-turned-elected-officials from around the world, including the likes of Sonny Bono and the president of Haiti (who is not Wyclef Jean, but an equally-formerly-professional musician).

So I'll take this opportunity to post as many links as I can find relating to Gerard's past as a member of The Moon Seven Times. If you've never heard them, they've posted four songs on their MySpace page (of these, I'm partial to "Some of Them Burn" -- check out the photos, too).

But even more than that, I have to direct you to "Big Money" by Steve Pride & his Blood Kin, featuring Don Gerard on bass guitar. This, I think, is my favorite (no sarcasm intended; I legitimately like this song, and that's saying a lot because, for the most part, I'm not a country guy). I won't link to them all, but make sure to check out the other Steve Pride links in YouTube's "suggestions" column on the right.

Shortly after he was elected in April, Gerard's musical resume was featured in this blog post on chicagoreader.com. That gives you a more comprehensive bio than I give here and more links to Gerard's musical past.

It wouldn't be fair if I didn't point out other city council members' talents now that I'm taking the opportunity. Tom Bruno is a member of The World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola (here they are performing in the 2009 Inaugural Parade for Barack Obama). Michael La Due is a master of the spoken word (here he is reciting a poem -- check out the other YouTube suggestions, too).

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ronaldo wrote on August 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

And politicians with "musical cred" is relevant why?

Is it any more important than "baking cred" or "fixing-a-flat cred"?

johnny wrote on August 12, 2011 at 1:08 am

In the sense he campaigned and won on it, yes.