Monday, April 07, 2008

$2,000 NAVAJO RUG/25 CENT NEW MEXICO COIN

SF ALL STARS' Susan, Joe, Sharon. (not pictured, Ben Wright) Frogfest 2006
Hundreds of people just crammed into the state Capitol Rotunda for the official launch of the New Mexico quarter.

I could barely hear the speeches, but, because I was standing right behind them, my favorite part was The Santa Fe All Stars, who provided music for the ceremony.

And my favorite song the All Stars did today was, immediately after the ceremony, a subversive little Joe West tune called "$2,000 Navajo Rug," a gentle jab at Santa Fe elitism. You can hear a version HERE by an earlier Joe West band, The Sinners.

Quick math: A $2,000 Navajo rug would cost 8,000 New Mexico quarters.

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