July 4, 2009

FROM THE ARCHIVES--AN AWFUL LOT OF GOOD TUNES THERE:

AUDIO: A Mix For America (NPR.org, June 25, 2009)


Whether you're a constitutional scholar, someone who yells "USA! USA! USA!" at sporting events, or both, you'll agree that America — the country, not the soft-rock band behind "A Horse With No Name" — is pretty freaking awesome. From representative democracy and free speech to the ingenuity that gave the world deep-fried cheese and Slankets, America has proven itself worthy of a continuous music mix extolling her virtues.

As Flag Day gives way to July 4 festivities, it's the finest time of the year to hoist a flag, ignite some shoddily manufactured fireworks (imported, of course) and sit at your computer while streaming a whole bunch of music that sings the praises of our great land. [...]

• "America The Beautiful," Charlie Haden, American Dreams [WDUQ]

• "Traditional: Shenandoah (arr. Marshall Bartholomew)," Cantus Vocal Ensemble (Cantus 1206) [WGBH]

• "4th of July," X, See How We Are [KUT]

[originally posted: 7/01/09]

Posted by at July 4, 2009 8:18 AM
  
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