On the 40th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, I couldn't help reflecting on some songs written about John F. Kennedy, some of which are quite good. Probably the greatest song written about his legacy was Brian Wilson's "Warmth of the Sun," a beautiful, dreamy, yet strangely hypnotic tune which Brian wrote immediately following the assassination. Oddly enough, the concept of the eternal warmth which the sun provides is strangely similar to the eternal flame that burns at Kennedy's grave in Arlington National Cemetary...quite a metaphor, when you think about it. Another tune which can send chills down the spine of anyone who remembers that tragic event is "He was a Friend of Mine," by the Byrds. Those are probably the two most stirring songs written about President Kennedy, but there are others. There are even songs dealing with the issue of the conspiracy (some direct and some not so direct). Dylan's "Desolation Row" is one of the most cryptic songs he ever composed, and also one that, like many Dylan songs, is open to a multitude of interpretations. Still, when you consider his references to the "Blind Commisioner" (an obvious reference to the Warren Commission) as well as "the heart attack machines" brought down by "insurance men who go check to see no one is escaping to Desolation Row" (a reference to the cover-up), it seems clear that he was pondering JFK's death and possible conspiracy with a most critical eye. What are some of your favorite songs relating to JFK? Let's compare notes. Music is always a healing agent, even 40 years after a major tragedy like this.