Got a dream we’ve come to share

An American and a gay pride flag waving in the windI do playlists, as I’ve mentioned a few times before. I’ve been working for the last week on a new Fireworks list. Digging back in my iTunes library I see I’ve got eleven previous ones each dated with the year I made, except the first one, which is merely called “Gene’s Fireworks List.” A lot of songs get repeated year after year. But this year I was having trouble, because America isn’t being it’s best. We often fall short of our ideals, but with the blatant racism, sectarianism, homophobia, and worse coming from the nominee of one of the major parties (I mean, how many times now has Donald Trump shared posts from literal white supremacist and neo-nazi sites so far?), well, I just feel as if we’re further from the aspirations of liberty and justice for all than we have been in a while.

So I wound up making two lists. One is fairly traditional, this one is just called 2016 Fireworks:

  1. “Star Spangled Banner” – Keith Lockhart & the Boston Pops Orchestra
  2. “God Bless American” – Kate Smith
  3. “America” – Neil Diamond
  4. “You’re a Grand Old Flag” – James Cagney & the cast of Yankee Doodle Dandy
  5. “Liberty Bell March” – United States Marine Corps Band
  6. “We Shall Be Free” – Garth Brooks
  7. “National Emblem March” – Keith Lockhart & the Boston Pops Orchestra
  8. “The Washington Post March” – United States Marine Corps Band
  9. “Born in the U.S.A” – Bruce Springsteen
  10. “The Thomas Jefferson March” – United States Marine Corps Band
  11. “An American Trilogy” – Elvis Presley
  12. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” – United States Marine Corps Band
  13. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  14. “The Blue Danube Waltz” – United States Marine Corps Band
  15. “Star Spangled Banner” – Dolly Parton

Then this was is a little more… aspirational:

  1. “I Love the USA” – Weezer
  2. “Song of the Patriot” – Johnny Cash
  3. “This Land is Your Land” – Arlo Guthrie & Woody Guthrie
  4. “Someday We’ll All be Free” – Donny Hathaway
  5. “All-American Boy” – Steven Grand
  6. “God Bless American” – Kate Smith
  7. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” – Bette Midler
  8. “Chimes of Freedom” – Bruce Springsteen
  9. “Oh, Freedom” – Harry Belafonte
  10. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkel
  11. “The Battle of New Orleans” – Johnny Horton
  12. “Living In America” – James Brown
  13. “The Star Spangled Banner” – Whitney Houston & The Florida Orchestra

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. For more than 18 years I edited and published an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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