The Widdershins

Lazy Sunday Music: Music For the 4th

Posted on: June 30, 2013

Good Sunday, Widdershins.

We are four days away from marking America’s 235th birthday.  It’s been a busy couple of centuries here, for bitter and for better.  A lot has changed, and much has stayed the same.   Our forefathers (and mothers) arrived here full of hope, and longing for opportunity that (if we are the known indicators), most of them found and embraced.  While I have be know at times (cough, cough!) to complain bitterly about my country, I cannot fault the simple and rather elegant premise that is the United States of America.

We all know that there have been – and still are – some obstacles to progress here, but that’s a story for another post.  Just for today, let’s celebrate some songs for an Independence Day playlist.  My favorites are listed below, and I await your contributions in this otherwise open thread.

(1) America the Beautiful – Ray Charles

(2) Born in the USA – Bruce Springstein, 1984

(3) American Pie – Don McLean, 1972

(4) Power and the Glory – Phil Ochs, 1964

(5) A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke, 1964

Have a great day, y’all.

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15 Responses to "Lazy Sunday Music: Music For the 4th"

Dearest Chat,

Please forgive and indulge me for disrupting the feng shui of your post today, which is Gay Pride Day in NYC & SF. For me, the connection to the Fourth is that nothing quite declares life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness quite like Pride Day on the heels of an historic/landmark/banner week for the LGBT community.

Broadway version:

Dance mix:

Not at all, Sophie. Freedom to be whom and what you are is a very American concept. Post away.

@Sophie, I just listened to that performance on Youtube the other night. You should go to youtube, find Harvey Fierstein’s interview with Barbara Walters, and listen to him conclude the interview by speaking the words he wrote. It will bring you to tears. I think Harvey, although very famous, is one of the most underrated actors of his generation.

I was privileged to see the two all-time greats, George Hearn and Angela Lansbury, in Sweeney Todd, when they appeared in Boston thirty years ago.

@5 Thanks, Beata. I love Woody and Leadbelly.

Woody, Leadbelly, and friends:

Somewhat OT: While we are celebrating the birth of our nation this week, I would like to remember one of my ancestors, Elbridge Gerry, who is not well known to many people these days. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He was also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but along with two others, refused to sign the United States Constitution, mainly because it did not include a Bill of Rights. Gerry was a strong supporter of individual liberties. particularly the freedom of assembly and protection against search and seizure. He later became Governor of Massachusetts and James Madison’s Vice President. I think he deserves to be remembered.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbridge_Gerry

Indeed he does.

Beata@9: Hear, hear for Elbridge Gerry!

If we’re going to do the fourth then I have to add some things from 1776 the musical.

Sit down, John sit down!

Fredster, I love that movie. It’s fascinating how much this thing called America hung by a thread and made it anyway.

SophieCT@14: One of the channels, TBS/TNT or AMC used to run it every 4th or the nearest weekend. I never failed to watch it.

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