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2:02 PM


Clinton Repays a Debt, Rocks Out

The Clintons wave at fans who can't afford to rock.Photograph by Getty Images

Bill Clinton spent his 60th-birthday weekend raking in cash from wrung-dry super donors and getting fêted by massive rock acts from both ends of the quality spectrum — from the world-historically awesome (the Rolling Stones, who rocked the Beacon last night at private concert) to the mind-sweepingly terrible (Sarah McLachlan, who serenaded Clinton at his gala b-day get-together Saturday night). That Bill Clinton really is a whore: He'll get down with anybody, be they devil-sympathizing sixties rock gods or an adult-contemporary medusa.

But today, he'll enjoy an afternoon in the aesthetic sweet spot, basking in the super melodic median between rock and roll and easy listening. Clinton is upstate campaigning for John Hall, singer-songwriter, activist, and candidate for the congressional seat in the Nineteenth District, who with his nice-guy hippie band, the Orleans, wrote AM radio chestnuts "Still the One" and "Dance With Me." It isn't too far-fetched to imagine the young Clintons sharing an Arkansas evening back in the seventies with a John Hall tune on the transistor. We all know the Clintons have endured a few stressful moments over the years, but a room with a warm John Hall melody wafting through the air is a nest of forgiveness and sweet lovin', hand-holding and eye-locking and gentle hip-swaying.

Bill Clinton might owe John Hall a little favor these 30-odd years later, and today at 3:15 he'll be at Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Road in Cortlandt Manor, New York, to pay him back.

Hall's day is doubly excellent as he also pulled down the endorsement of the local paper, the Journal News, adding to his Times endorsement. The positive press may be positioning Hall to become the first member of the House of Representatives who has an eight-track of Neil Young's On the Beach that smells like resin.

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