Heading into the Cedar Cultural Center over in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis in December 2009, I found myself entering with the evening’s featured attraction. John Sebastian was the star performing along with mandolin virtuoso David Grisman; they were appearing together in Minneapolis on the first stop of a too-short tour in support of their 2007 disc Satisfied.
I shook hands with Sebastian and asked him if he remembered coming through town in early 1967 to play at the old Minneapolis Auditorium with the Lovin’ Spoonful right after the release of Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful. (I had attended the concert.) “Not yet,” he said, giving a suitably sixties answer to a sixties question.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said something along the same lines yesterday in response to the question whether he supported Donald Trump for president. The reason differed from Sebastian’s, but I think it was nevertheless a good answer to a difficult question.