Read today’s birthdays, didn’t much feel like a day of James Taylor, sorry. So here’s someone I’ve somehow ignored up until now, though she lurks far back in my memory: Tracy Nelson. Here she is reprising her 60s classic “Down So Low” in 1987.

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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.