Hot dogs, fireworks, stars, stripes, bombast, flybys… that can only mean one thing this time of year:
The Fourth of July is upon us.
Before I step away from this blog for a few days, I figured I would devote this week’s Music Monday to the day the Thirteen Colonies decided they had enough of England, striking out on their own in full. What have I chosen for the occasion? Make the jump and find out!
“Death to My Hometown” – Bruce Springsteen: From The Boss’s 17th studio disc comes a nearly four-minute summation of everything that has happened as a result of the ongoing economic crisis. Having Tom Morello on your stage doesn’t hurt, either.
“Vote with a Bullet” – Corrosion of Conformity: Relevant now as it was then, the North Carolina-based thrashers lay it all out as far as the state of the way things are is concerned. Only time will tell if a revolution will come our way like it has in Northern Africa and parts of the Middle East.
“American Wheeze” – 16 Horsepower: This one’s for those who clearly believe the United States to be a Christian nation through and through, and that — somehow — this nation is going to Hell in a handbasket. For them, the late 16 Horsepower (and its spiritual successor Woven Hand) is their soundtrack.
“Rain on the Scarecrow” – John Mellencamp: A shout to my neighbour an hour north of the Ohio River in Bloomington, Indiana, if nothing else.
“Rockin’ in the Free World” – Neil Young + Pearl Jam: It’s Neil Young and Pearl Jam back when MTV was about music television; what more do you want?
Happy Fourth of July to all of you in the United States and her territories!