We’ve seen Baltimore’s chief executive rock out to Aretha, the O’Jays and other R&B-type music, but we’ve never associated Her Honor with 80s New Wave rockers, “The Police.” Until now.
Inspired by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s release last week of an alarming (some would argue alarmist) report on city finances that generated news stories warning of looming “bankruptcy” and “financial ruin,” our fellow scribes over at Baltimore City Paper put their parodists’ hats on and concocted a little musical take-off to the tune of “Roxanne.”
“Stephanie! (you don’t have to put on the red ink)” features lyrics and vocals by Edward Ericson Jr. (Making a daring try for those Sting-ish high notes!) and a great visual mash-up by Allen Savage (Safe to say there’s never been a music video that combines images of former Mayor William Donald Schaefer, water main break flooding, Eddie Murphy, budgetary pie charts, Nick Nolte, city budget director Andrew Kleine, baker/developer/government development subsidy recipient John Paterakis and wheelie-popping dirt bikers.)