I love patriotic music. I learned all the words to many verses and stanzas to most of the well-known and some of the lesser “greats” while in grammar school—that tells you how old I am. In those days we gathered every Wednesday and sang unselfconsciously, over time memorizing each one. This year on Flag Day I spontaneously began singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” thinking this was a perfect opportunity to introduce a new song to the girls, but Sophia told me she didn’t like it and asked me to stop singing. Undeterred, I would really enjoy a patriotic sing-a-long.
I checked the Hollywood Bowl. Hall and Oates for the 4th? I have previously seen them perform at the Bowl and thoroughly enjoyed singing along to “Maneater” and “You Make My Dreams Come True,” but even the spectacular fireworks and Bowl orchestra can’t lure me back for an encore this particular weekend. I’m afraid I don’t quite have the right amount of “oomph” to go with my enthusiasm. My dear friend from the east shared that one thing she would do is attend the Boston Pops rehearsal as they prepare for the 38th annual Fireworks Spectacular on the 4th. Now that would satisfy my musical craving!
Sadly, for me anyway, we also live in one of those “no fireworks allowed” cities. It kind of takes the sparkle off the day. So I am accepting that I don’t quite have the energy to put my party hat on, but I will not let the weekend go by without finding some way to honor and give due attention to our Revolutionary history.
We’ll hang Old Glory on the front porch, and I think I’ll finally, eleven years later, get around to watching “The Patriot.” To infuse just a little music into the occasion I located a copy of the 40-year old musical “1776.” I googled movie suggestions for the 4th, but didn’t agree that “Rocky” and “Armageddon” were overtly patriotic. All in the eye of the beholder, I guess. Although I don’t really care about BBQ, I’d love some corn on the cob and plenty of watermelon, and I haven’t tasted really good ice cream in a long time so Fosselman’s here we come! I can make a party out of just this much. Something more obviously festive may have to wait for next year.
Party, festivities, celebrations, with or without, I carry a deep sense of gratitude for my country, flaws duly noted, and think our early beginnings nothing short of remarkable. I’m quite sure you do, too, so I hope you’ll find a way to give this particular holiday some measure of special focus. It’s doing what you want to do to make it an enjoyable time, and be sure to infuse a little gratitude into the occasion. It’s all how you think of it! Let’s here it for the Red, White, and Blue! Oh, and the weekend, of course. Enjoy whatever you do!
- 5 Ways To Geek Up The 4th Of July (joetech.com)