Independence Day Essentials

Well it’s 1:06AM on July 4, 2007 – Independence Day.  It is time to kick back, relax, maybe barbecue a bit, but most of all to be grateful for all that we have and realize all that’s been given up for us.

The purpose of this post is not to justify wars past or to recall the deeds and misdeeds of generations past.  I cannot bring myself to justify war – me being the lefty that I am – but I do know that tremendous sacrifices have been made by men and women who, knowing only that the future must be preserved, we oftentimes know by name alone.

Just remember that in places halfway around the world, people – some still almost children – fought and died so that you can be reading this; so that you can enjoy a day off tomorrow.  Never forget.

Another essential for Independence Day?  Good tunes.  Here is a list of things to check out:

  • Guns N’ Roses – If you’re having trouble picking songs, check out their killer Greatest Hits album, which has great originals and covers alike.
  • Velvet Revolver – Their new album Libertad was released just today, and it’s just as rock-out-loud as awesome as their debut, Contraband.
  • Paramore – Their sophomore effort (Riot!) is almost as great as their debut (All We Know Is Falling).  Blast the loud ones for some good fun.
  • The Academy Is… – Ah yes.  Their perfect first album Almost Here never lets up – neither in terms of energy nor quality.  It is one of the few albums I own that is one hundred percent great.
  • Sublime – The reggae/rock group is always great for backyard lounging, or lounging anywhere for that matter.  Play some of their jams later in the day, kick back, and watch the sunset.  It would be…sublime.

Any suggestions?  Add your ideal Independence Day artists in the comments.  It’s easy!

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