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Obama in Denver: Analyzing the president’s pre-speech music

DENVER, CO - JULY 09: President Obama speaking to a crowd of hand-picked guests at Cheesman Park July 9, 2014 in Denver. Obama next headed to raise money for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall's re-election campaign at a private luncheon at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – JULY 09: President Obama speaking to a crowd of hand-picked guests at Cheesman Park July 9, 2014 in Denver. Obama next headed to raise money for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall’s re-election campaign at a private luncheon at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

President Barack Obama stopped off in Cheesman Park on his whirlwind tour of Denver on Wednesday to talk about jobs, minimum wage and the evils of the Republican party.

Getting into the President’s makeshift Rose Garden was like making your way into an intimate, high-profile concert. Tattooed toughs frisked speech-goers and rifled through bags, though mushroom chocolates and vodka water bottles were the least of their concerns.

Once inside, the pre-speech music wasn’t as hype as the crowd. Rather than the stoke the flames (No “Made It In America”?) organizers opted for wet blanket jams mixed in with straight blanket jams, scattering in a handful of lovemaking tunes to get the two-hundred or so in attendance going. A play-by-play:

Song: David Lanz, “Cristofori’s Dream”

Analysis: Flew-in-through-the-bedroom-window dream music.

Song: Euge Groove, “Days of Soul”

Analysis: Kenny G sound-alike.

Song: Peter White, “Just My Imagination”

Analysis: This one was actually pretty funky; soft-core elevator orgy music.

Song: Ray Charles, “Georgia On My Mind”

Analysis: There’s no amount of drollery that sweet baby Ray can’t smooth over. Things are starting to turn around.

Song: Fantasy Band, “The Kiss”

Analysis: This is downright sensual. If you weren’t in the mood for some Obama sweet talking before, now you are.

Song: Al Williams, “I Never Thought”

Analysis: Like a drunk Kenny G.

Song: Norman Brown, “Any Love”

Analysis: The lead-in to the speech keeps the embers warm, but doesn’t pack the punch that a well-chosen Kanye West track might have. “All of the Lights (Interlude)” would’ve been perfect.

BONUS: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, “Land Of Hope And Dreams – Live At Madison Square Garden”

Victorious, triumphant, Bruce! Good one to go out on, even if it has been (ab)used by politicos for the last decade. Our suggestion? Four simple words, Mr. President. The song of our generation.

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Dylan Owens is Reverb’s all-purpose news blogger and album reviewer. You can read more from him in Relix magazine and the comment sections of WORLDSTARHIPHOP.

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