Before the polls open Tuesday, here’s the final edition of Political Detours, Inland 360’s look at the cultural leanings of candidates running for city council or mayor in Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow and Pullman.Eleven out of 21 candidates we emailed replied to our request to tell readers about their favorite song, album, book, author, movie or TV show. We hope their responses inspired you to get to know the candidates and issues better so that you can cast an informed vote in the coming elections.
Favorite Song: “Swinging on a Star,” by Bing Crosby
To me, I love how the song illustrates how life is all about choices and your attitude. Plus, it’s funny and straight to the point. I sing it pretty frequently, adding new animals and verses.
Favorite song: “Do You Feel Like We Do,” by Peter Frampton
I think every household in America was issued Frampton’s double-live album in boxes of Tide or something, it being so ubiquitous. When you hear the first notes of “Do You Feel . . .,” you are guaranteed almost 15 minutes of classic rock greatness. It includes Bob Mayo on keyboard – and a talking guitar.
Favorite album: “Eat a Peach,” by the Allman Brothers
Too many songs and musicians to pick a favorite but the best road-trip album of all time has to be “Eat A Peach.” It kept me company on my many trips between Moscow and my parents’ house in Morton Grove, Ill., back in the early ‘80s. It also influenced my guitar playing.
Favorite movie: “Rocky”
“Rocky” shows such raw emotion of the human spirit, I just love it. It takes an individual’s hopeless situation and portrays his inner fight to rise to the top through pure mental strength and hard work. And in the end, his victory is personal.
Favorite movie: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
One of my favorite movies of all time is “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” because it portrays a young man who loves America as I do, serves his community well, and has high hopes for the future, standing strong for goodness and truth. The movie inspires me.