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Kelly Jane Torrance on The Most Interesting Man in D.C.

Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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Of course it was Alex, this American with Danish and Greek parents, who introduced me to a songwriter from my hometown of Edmonton, Canada. Corb Lund’s “Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier” is a country tune recounting the history of warhorses, and Alex loved a YouTube video that added the appropriate historical paintings and photographs to the music. He always got teary-eyed at the end of the song. The narrator thinks the modern world has made the warhorse extinct but learns it’s not so: Today I ride with Special Forces on those wily Afghan horses / Dostum’s Northern Alliance give their thanks / And no matter defeat or victory, in battle it occurs to me / That we may see a swelling in our ranks. The West has lost one of its soldiers—and the world one of its most interesting men.

 

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