Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Weekly Workshop: The Sound of Freedom

Whenever the Fourth of July approaches, I begin to hear classic rock in my head. I don't know why. Perhaps it is connected with Peter Fonda's patriotic get-up in Easy Rider, or maybe it's just because so many classic rockers sing about freedom: "Born to be Wild," "Free Bird," "Ramblin' Man," "Go Your Own Way," the list goes on.

American patriotism used to be intimately intwined with Rock n' Roll; each promised freedom of expression and the chance to celebrate your individualism. Unfortunately, in the past ten years, patriotism has become less about independence and more about domination. But now might just be the perfect time to rediscover the lost ideal of true freedom...with a really bitchin' soundtrack, of course.

What songs would be part of your Independence Day soundtrack? How do you celebrate your individuality? Use a song or list of songs as inspiration this week, and enjoy the holiday.

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