July is here. Can you believe it? Lots of people tend to take vacation this week because of the 4th of July – picnics, parties, and lots of fireworks, celebrating 236 years of Independence. We’re winding down our vacation this week, but at least we get to stay and celebrate with my brother and his wife, who always throw a wicked 4th of July party each year. Hopefully I won’t be partying too hard since we’ll be hitting the road early the next morning for the first leg of our trip back to PA. We’ll see how that goes.
This week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me theme is of course Patriotic Songs in honor of the 4th of July. Let’s start off with a beautiful love song to our country, acknowledging the good with the bad in between a message of resilient unity, with descriptions of land stretching out to the West that hint at the glory our forefathers must have seen. Here’s Dierks Bentley with “Home”:
Next up is a song that reminds us how lucky we are to live in a country where so much is possible. Listening to this definitely makes me proud to be an American. Here’s Brooks and Dunn with “Only In America”:
Next is my all-time favorite male country star whose patriotic sing-along cites ingredients that make up the American melting pot. At its core, this is really about our similarities and what brings our country together. Here’s my boy Brad Paisley with “American Saturday Night”:
While I’m not a huge fan of hers, I do love some of her songs and music, and this next video was made to pay tribute to one of the artists favorite films, Grease (1978), and her parents’ courting days. So we’ll go with it – here’s Miley Cyrus with “Party In The USA”:
Of course you can’t have a slew of patriotic songs without this next one. Toby Keith got a lot of grief over writing this song, and talking about “putting a boot in your ass, it’s the American way.” It was written after the 9/11 incident, and helps us remember that there are men dying so we can sleep at peace each night. Here he is with “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)”:
What are your plans for the 4th of July? Enjoy your Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and her cohorts in crime, Lorie of The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and our newest permanent fixture to the hostessing team, welcome Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog. Also for the month of July, we have the honor of welcoming back our friend Larry from Cakeblast who is generously helping out with our hosting duties.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!
Our awesome Giveaway for 5 of our lucky followers/participators is in progress! Be sure to grab a song and play along – and head over to Xmas Dolly to see the update on our giveaway and find out how to enter on Rafflecopter.
- $25 Gift Certificate EdenFantasys
- $25 Gift Certificate Plus Size Costume Center
- A Tee-Shirt from It’s Funny T-Shirt Time
- CD OF the Designated Riders. (Xmas Dolly’s husband’s band Dave donated) & a Custom Inspirational Beaded Bracelet with Charm (Winner choice between):
- Size: 1, 2, or 3 strands
- Inspirational saying from: Dream, Hope, Believe, Love, Healing, Integrity, Laugh
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