The title of singer-songwriter Gregg Cagno’s warm, nostalgic “Clinton Times,” from his 2014 album Worth the Wait, doesn’t refer to the eight years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, but to Cagno’s years growing up in Clinton:
We grew up sailing on the reservoir,
Clinton Point Theatre
Clinton Public K-8
North Hunterdon for high school days
I can’t think of a better way or a better place
Cagno also sings about some of the current events and popular songs of his youth, and brings the song into the present by observing his childhood friends, now with families of their own, and referring to theannualBlack Potatoe Music Festival, at which he is a regular:
It’s a Black Potatoe moon
We’re singing tunes
… jammin’ out without a worry
Right here in our little town
Singing in our little town
This year’s Black Potatoe Music Festival takes place July 8-12, and Cagno performs at 3 p.m. July 12. For more information and the complete schedule, click here.
New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday lastyear. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are markingthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.
If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.