A July 4th Leftover and Taking the Week Off

After posting my blog on July 4th, I was reminded by a family member of a Playlist I made for a family barbecue on July 4, 2015, which was the first week of Apple Music’s launch.  I searched my iPhone and found it.  Here it is:

Playlist for July 4, 2015:
1. An American Trilogy     Elvis Presley
2. Born in America     Robert Bradley and the Blackwater Surprise
3. Born in the U.S.A.     Bruce Springsteen
4. Only in America     Brooks & Dunn
5. America     Waylon Jennings
6. The Hands That Built America     U2
7. American Girl     Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
8. Travelin’ Soldier     Dixie Chicks
9. If You’re Reading This     Tim McGraw
10. American Heart     Faith Hill
11. Arlington     Trace Adkins
12. American Soldier     Toby Keith
13. 4th of July     Shooter Jennings & the .357’s
14. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.     John Mellencamp
15. Rockin’ In the Free World     Neil Young
16. The Star Spangled Banner     Jimi Hendrix
17. Home     Dierks Bentley
18. Born Country     Alabama
19. God Bless the U.S.A.     Lee Greenwood
20. America     Neil Diamond

The songs and artists represent all types of views and feelings toward America. I listened to it again and find it quite interesting to truly listen to the various points of views expressed in the lyrics.  The melodies demonstrate the power music has to move us emotionally, including the power to bring us to tears or feel a strong sense of pride and joy.  This list is a perfect example of why I love music.

I relocated to Nashville on July 1st and have spent the last week getting organized and settled in. Due to my move and Donna Britt driving cross-country with her daughter, I’ve decided to take this week off from writing a new blog, although I did find an artist that has an interesting background and promising new album coming out at the end of this week.  I met her in my pursuit of finding a gym to join… You just never know whom you will meet and where in your day-to-day living.  I look forward to revealing her next week.  I hope you enjoy the July 4th Playlist I created three years ago.

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