So, without further ado, let's get this music train a'rolling.
I so loved a 60's group called the Fifth Dimension. One of their hits was a song called "Stoned Soul Picnic". I have absolutely no idea what the lyrics mean ("Surry down to a stoned soul picnic...") but I decided to feature the version sung by the songwriter, the talented Laura Nyro.
Although there are no picnics mentioned in the lyrics, I think of picnics when I listen to this hit by the Cowsills - Indian Lake.
But, truthfully, I'm not the biggest fan of picnics. Switching now to patriotic songs and July 4th celebrations, I want to go a little "old school". I love fireworks, and the patriotic songs which accompany Independence Day fireworks.
There are some songs that are absolutely perfect, with not one note out of place. One of those songs is a march written in 1896 and first performed in 1897: John Phillip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever". I refuse to watch any July 4th fireworks show that doesn't feature this song.
Another song I must hear, sung by Neil Diamond, is America, from the movie The Jazz Singer. The lyrics "“On the boats and on the planes, they’re coming to America”is the song of my grandparents coming to America to escape persecution and start a new life. They knew they would never see their homeland again - and they never did. "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing..."
The late great James Brown, singing "Living in America", another required fireworks song, originally from the movie Rocky IV. If you don't rise at the end of this song and shout "I feel good!", I feel for you.
In summer camp I learned this song "You're A Grand Old Flag", written in 1906. Why not end with this, sung by James Cagney? You can click through the video to hear the original piano score from 1906. I still remember the lyrics, too, after all these years!
Thank you for stopping by!
X mas Dolly is the Conductor of this trip, and the other Conductors are her fellow bloggers Callie of JAmerican Spice, ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ and Cathy from Curious as a Cathy ! Oh, did I mention there is a giveaway at Xmas Dolly's site, too? Just sweetens the blog hop a little more.
If you live in the United States, may you have a rockin' Independence Day tomorrow. And if not, Happy 4th!
Day 3 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge