When it’s not imposing new restrictions on abortions, passing Tim Tebow-inspired education bills and scrapping one-gun-a-month rules, the Virginia legislature has other pressing matters on its mind — including finding a new state song.
But WTOP reported on Sunday that there isn’t much movement on a new official state tune, with a House committee having voted down the bluegrass-inspired “At Home Virginia” last week. Unless legislators can come to an agreement in the span of their 90-day session, the Old Dominion will go another year without a state song — it was in 1997 that the 1878 tune “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” was removed from rotation for what some said were racist overtones in the song.
We did an informal poll of DCist scribes, and below are some of the songs that we think might best reflect the Old Dominion. (We’re also proposing these because the District doesn’t really have an “official” song, and the one it does is damn near terrible.)
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]