The great session musician Nicky Hopkins was born on this day in 1944. Here’s a fine piece of morning music he performed with Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1970: “Spindrifter.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.