Hey, Baby, It’s the Fourth of July . . .

OK, I’ve got the car keys–which way to the pool?

. . . when we’re free to do whatever we want, be whoever we want to be, and listen to whatever we want to. As a public service to you, my six loyal readers, I’m providing the playlist that we’re rolling out to at the Bradstein Household to celebrate the Fourth of July. (Not sure what you Brits can do with this, since I’m not sure how dates and music convert to the metric system. Perhaps you can watch a movie and reminisce about the good ol’ Thatcher days.)

We’re not only rolling out of bed, but rolling out of the house and down the hill, since we’re starting to get serious about bike training for our century. Mama just got a consulting gig that’s going to require her to be here during the century that we had previously targeted, so we picked another one.

The new century is still in October, to give us enough time to train for it, but it’s also two weeks earlier than our previous choice, so we’ve got to get serious about riding now, especially with our trips coming up.

Oh, did I forget to mention that we’re all taking trips this month? To separate locations? And how much fun it is to prepare for that–both logistically and emotionally? (And for all of you innernets stalkers, one of us will be here most of the time, and when we’re not here, someone will be staying here with Barky, so don’t even try it. And did I ever mention our next door neighbor who was going to become a priest, but who’s put that off for now, which means that he’s free to mess you up, and he’ll be forgiven later? And yes, he really would thump you pretty good.)

Those trips, in addition to our crunched training time frame, have us scrambling to figure out when we can ride, riding as much as possible before our trips, and blogging almost not at all. As soon as we get into a new rhythm, I’m sure we’ll find time for all the things we used to do.

Whatever adjustments we have to make, the shortened schedule is worth it for the extra money that Mama will bring in. We’ve been revving the financial red line ever since our income was cut in half when Mama became a SAHM–a decision that neither of us would change. That hasn’t been fun, but we’ve been trying to patiently figure a way out of this situation, rather than jumping off to whatever looks like a quick fix. That hasn’t been easy; patience is a virtue, but it’s not one of mine.

But I digress. On to the tuneage–feel free to modify to your tastes and tell the other five loyal readers about it in the comments . . .

  • Fanfare for the Common Man, Copland (1900-1990), Fanfare for the Common Man; The Man and his music. San Francisco Symphony, Thomas, 2000
  • 4th Of July, U2, The Unforgettable Fire, 1984
  • United States of Whatever, Liam Lynch, Fake Songs, 2003
  • 4th Of July, Ani DiFranco, Puddle Dive, 1993
  • Livin’ In The USA, Lsjumb, Ultrasound
  • 4th of July, X, See How We Are, 1987
  • Help Save The Youth Of America, Billy Bragg, Talking With The Taxman About Poetry, 1986
  • Revolution 1, The Beatles, The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2], 1968
  • Coup D’Etat, The Circle Jerks, Repo Man: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1984
  • Party at Ground Zero, Fishbone
  • God’s Country, Ani DiFranco, Puddle Dive, 1993
  • In God’s Country, U2, Joshua Tree, 1987
  • God Save The Queen, Queen, A Night At The Opera, 1991
  • America Is Waiting, Brian Eno and David Byrne, My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, 2000
  • Boys of Summer, Don Henley
  • Summer Days, Bob Dylan, Love & Theft, 2001
  • The Summer Wind, Madeleine Peyroux, Half The Perfect World, 2006
  • Summertime, Sarah Vaughan, The Divine Sarah Vaughan: The Columbia Years 1949-1953 [Disc 1], 1949
  • Independence Day, Bruce Springsteen, Live 1975-1985 (Disc 2), 1986
  • Elvis Presley And America, U2, The Unforgettable Fire, 1984
  • The Star-Spangled Banner (’70), The Stanford Band, The Winds Of Freedom Blow (Greatest Hits 1970-1998) (Disc 2)

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  • Who would I be if I didn’t weigh in?

    “America” by Morrissey
    “4th of July” by Aimee Mann
    “America” by Prince and the Revolution
    “Fireworks” by Siouxsie and the Banshees

    Hope the 4th was a-rockin’ in the B-house!

  • Oh, and, uh, who could forget “America” by Allen Ginsberg?

    And by Simon and Garfunkel.

    And from West Side Story (feel free to try the version by the Nice).

    I’m probably missing a few, but those are the duhs from memory.

    –MrPatriot (did I offer to show you my missile?)

  • BTW, VampDaddy’s so right about “4th of July,” the swingin’ upbeat rocker by Aimee Mann–just the pizazz you need to get in the mood for fireworks and jingoism.

    –MrJ

  • Nice additions all. I’ll have to expand this to a two-CD set now.

    Originally, I had a whole section on driving and traffic jams (Crosstown Traffic, anyone?), but I felt that was more of a Labor/Memorial Day thing. Now that I have to go to the second disc, maybe I’ll add it back in, then I can just reprise it for Labor Day, with a little more Billy Bragg.

    There is power in a union, after all.

  • He looks adorable! Hope you had some sun. We had a tornado warning!

  • Hey, I saw Brian Eno on your list. My husband just did a huge publicity release for his 77 Million Paintings in San Fran on Friday in Second Life, so I feel like I’ve heard everything about Brian Eno ever. I might take a break and then tackle that song.

    Oh, and “thump you pretty good”? I’ll never NOT be able to think about that now.

  • Phew…for a second there, I scrolled down the list and thought there wasn’t any Springsteen on there! Hope you guys had a great 4th. 3B is ridiculously cute.

  • Interesting mix, what with the Copland and all.

    We “celebrated” the 4th by listening to the rain and not the fireworks, and singing The Star Spangled Banner to the kids after dinner. They looked at us like we’d each grown another head. Then Papa got really crazy and started reading the Declaration of Independence. Off the internet.

    Bad Waldorf parents, no biscuit!

  • Creedence, “Fortunate Son”

  • BBM: We actually got plenty of sun on our bike ride, after which the thunderclouds rolled in. No tornadoes here, although it does look like one hit 3B’s toy chest.

    SJC: Try the whole Eno album. It’s all worth it.

    MD: Do I look like a communist? Of course there’s Bruce on the list.

    Henitsirk: Are you supposed to keep copies of the Declaration lying around on parchment for a more valid experience? I think that you did fine–especially the part about listening to the rain.

    MRJ: I would have backed that up with Born in the USA, and maybe Hard Rain (son … born … blue-eyed son, and all of that), but there were a number of war songs that I left out, in part because there were too many good ones, and they were becoming a whole ‘nother mix. Maybe for Veterans Day.

  • so that’s what that hat looks like when it fits… Adorable!

    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/caristy/535919469/)