Independence Day was last Thursday, of course, but as the previous Monday was a “freebie” day, we didn’t do our customary salute to freedom and liberty then, so we’ll do it this week. I took some liberties with the theme (as I am often wont to do), and basically chose songs with “freedom” or “liberty” in the title or the words, in the hopes that I don’t duplicate what everyone else did.
- The Who, “I’m Free” From the rock opera Tommy, more specifically from the 1975 film of said rock opera.
- Richie Havens, “Freedom” Part of Richie’s performance at Woodstock.
- “America (My Country ‘Tis Of Thee” We dumped the King all the way back in 1776, but still loved the melody of “God Save The King,” so a theology student named Samuel Taylor Smith wrote new lyrics to it in 1831. Until “The Star-Spangled Banner” was made the National Anthem in 1931, this was one of the de facto national anthems for the United States, along with “Hail, Columbia” and others.
- New Seekers, “Free To Be You And Me” This was used as the theme song for the 1974 TV special of the same name, which was created by That Girl’s Marlo Thomas and starred such luminaries as Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Mel Brooks, and Billy De Wolfe.
- The Waves of Joy, “Free At Last” I believe this was the song that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to at the end of his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, sung by The Waves of Joy from Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Ray Charles, “Unchain My Heart” Probably more to do with personal freedom than national freedom, but that was included, too, and besides, it’s Ray Charles.
- Reba McEntire, “Freedom” Kind of a mixture of both personal and national freedom, sung by
my redheaded goddessthe lovely Ms. McEntire.
- Aaron Carter and Kayla Hinkle, “Through My Own Eyes” The 2002 PBS animated series Liberty’s Kids: Est. 1776 is described on IMDb as “The American Revolutionary War is seen through the eyes of an American teenaged lad, a young English lady, and a French boy, all three of whom work as reporters for Benjamin Franklin.” Carter and Hinkle sang its theme song for the show itself as well as performing it live for The Capitol Fourth Concert in Washington on July 4, 2002. I wanted to use this video so you could see the lyrics.
- Kid Rock, “Born Free” I was actually looking for the song from the 1966 movie, but I found this and thought it fit better.
- Andy Williams, “Born Free” Then I decided to include the song from the movie, sung by one of my favorite singers.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 8, 2019.