Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tiffany's Tuesday Tunes: A is for America


As a kid, July 4th was one of my favorite holidays.  We used to build a huge bonfire at my grandmother's house, and the whole family would come for a "weenie roast".  You had all your typical picnic foods- hot dogs, macaroni salad, baked beans, etc., and of course, marshmallows to roast.  Then when it got dark, we would be able to see the fireworks from some of the surrounding areas, thanks to living up on a giant hill.  It was always a day full of good food, family, and celebration.  The pinnacle of the summer, it seemed like everything was downhill from there until the beginning of school.

Of course, the weather did not always cooperate, and some years it rained.  So, when it would rain, the only fireworks we would get to see would be from the concerts aired on PBS, things like "A Capitol Fourth".  And of course, those fireworks were paired with some of the most gorgeous patriotic music in the world.  American anthems celebrating our great nation.

This year, for the first time in many years, we chose to not watch July 4th fireworks.  A combination of gross weather and nervous dogs kept us inside.  So, I was inspired to make a playlist of the patriotic music I remember from my childhood 4th of July celebrations.  I dare you to listen and not feel at least some sense of pride for America.