Late-Night TV Music (Political / Personal Edition) | Aug. 4, 2020

Whichever way you take your pop, there was something for you to enjoy on Tuesday.


Political or personal? However you take your pop, you could find something on Tuesday night’s late-night lineup to suit your taste. Singer-songwriter Kiana Lede was clearly comfortable taking the political side of the spectrum with her ballad Dear. Mr. President, which The Late Show With Stephen Colbert posted to its YouTube page. Meanwhile, newcomer Gracie Abrams went to the other side of the coin with her number I Miss You, I’m Sorry — apparently performed from her bedroom for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. And then there’s Foster The People, who performed their musically lush, lyrically mournful single Lamb’s Wool, which aired on Late Night With Seth Meyers. To me, it seems like a song about the death of a loved one, which is intensely personal. But of course, death makes you think about the pandemic, which makes it timely, topical and ultimately political. Of course, I could be reading way too much into it. That’s the trouble when you mix music and politics; everybody ends up taking it personally.