The Corner

Hey Man, Sing Me a Song, cont.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the new Five for Fighting album, Slice. Last night, at the sold-out FFF acoustic show in Virginia, I heard a bunch of the news songs live. From what I can tell, “Chances” is already something of a hit. “Slice,” the title track, is a great song, too — maybe my favorite on the new album. FFF also played “Tuesday,” which John Ondrasik introduced as a reflection on 9/11 and his concern that America is slipping back into a 9/10 mentality.

The tour will go on for a few more weeks: This is a great chance to hear great music in really small venues. Last month, I went to a U2 concert and practically needed binoculars to see the band. Last night, my daughter took home a guitar pick tossed to her from stage.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.