That song I posted Friday — “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song)” — seems to have touched a chord (pun intended) with copy editors and others in the journalism world. It’s been bouncing around the Net’s echo chamber, Tweeted and, at 7:30 p.m. Central Time tomorrow, it will be used as background music on a public radio report on the West Coast.
I’m grateful for all the fuss, of course, but I want to point out that the attention — as well as the song itself — originated with the pain most of us in the news business have been feeling, especially those who have lost their jobs.
So I’m not celebrating much.
I am, however, confident that together those of us who report the news will find creative new ways of getting it to readers, viewers and listeners. And, as this blog’s very mission indicates, I believe that music can and ought to be a part of that.