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Coursey: How things were, and how things are

If you're a fan of National Public Radio, you're familiar with "driveway moments." That's when there's something so good on the radio that you can't turn off your car – even if you've arrived at your destination.

But it turns out those moments aren't limited to NPR. I had one the other day while listening to Sonoma County's very own KRSH. Bill Bowker had singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves with him in the studio, and when he asked Cleaves to play something live, the singer dedicated a song to Detroit, Mich.

"Rust Belt Fields" stopped me in my tracks. I sat in the driveway mesmerized by this haunting lament of a middle class that is quickly disappearing in America:

This is my town out in the Rust Belt fields

We were banging out Buicks and Oldsmobiles

There was always a job and the money was there

Some say we got a little lazy

No one seemed to care

But they figured it out

Sent the elbow grease


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