Many of us here in Chester County, PA, are aware of what you and your committee are doing for the Obama cause and for the arts, and we are grateful.
We are friends, fans and admirers of Stephanie Phillips Markstein who were overjoyed at how well she did in your national song competition. Yet we had mixed feelings because she missed out on being first by only a narrow margin. We understand the concept “them’s the rules.” We well appreciate the serious and professional undertaking your organization preformed to determine the winner. Moreover, we recognize that Lady D’s entry was also outstanding. Nevertheless, it seems it shouldn’t all end at his point for Stephanie.
To be sure, some of our zeal for Stephanie and her effort stems her “Yes We Can” becoming our local anthem at campaign events and gatherings. And, we know her for her tireless work on behalf of Democrats while keeping up with other time-consuming duties including being a wife and the mother to two young girls. She is well thought of in this community.
Is there not some way Stephanie can be included, as a runner-up, at appearances and in the publicity to follow from the song competition? This is not to suggest Lady D’s achievement be diminished in any way but that the worthy recognition stemming from the competition be broadened and enhanced by recognizing Stephanie’s work as well — especially at the Inauguration.
Many people say Stephanie’s song, especially the rousing chorus, can be appreciated much more fully by viewing the youtube video (produced by a very talented young man, Kevin Fitzpatrick, who is in charge of the video lab and courses at a local high school). I’m not a music professional, but it seems to me Stephanie’s song would likewise benefit greatly from some reworking/rearranging that would come along if you gave it more exposure. I think the song has legs.
So you know who we are, Chester County, Pennsylvania, is just north of Wilmington, Delaware, where the Mason-Dixon line begins; it’s part of the Philadelphia market. Most importantly, this County was the foremost battleground county in this battleground state. We received national attention during the campaign. Ours has been the most Republican of Republican strongholds. But Barack and Stephanie said, “Yes, we can”, and we did. Obama won big here, and we are all very much enthused.
Please do what you can to keep the momentum for Stephanie’s song going. A good Obama song is a terrible thing to waste.
Thanks and Happy New Year,
William J. Scott, Jr., Member,
Democratic State and County Committees,
Chester County Executive Committee
405 North Franklin Street
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380-2418
610-436-4644; 484-883-2553 cell