A VERY Happy Fourth of July!

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July today. As a follow-up to yesterday’s post (posted today due to some “technical difficulties” last night), it did indeed wind up raining at last night’s concert but, thanks to the intuitive foresight and preemptive actions of our friends Scott and Joe, we all remained fairly dry…

I have attended many holiday concerts and fireworks displays in my life but last night’s was special. Since the overturn of DOMA by SCOTUS a week or so ago, for the first time in almost five years I can now see a future for my SBF (sweet boyfriend) and me here, in America. I am sure there will still be a few additional hurdles to overcome (legal and financial, mostly) but it sure does feel good – really, REALLY good – to finally “exhale” and begin to see a clear path for our future here in the states.

Fireworks always make me cry (I’m a softie!) and, as a former tuba player, nothing stirs my heart like a march. One march in particular always makes my eyes fill up with tears – “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. (Learn more about Sousa and the march here, including a link to a recording from 1909 of the march played by the John Philip Sousa band). I don’t get misty because I am sad but because that march touches my heart and soul. Sure, I know it’s corny and expected but honestly? I think this one musical piece embodies the spirit, hope and optimism that is America. And I was overjoyed to hear it again last night…

Lady Liberty and fireworks

Click above to hear the US Army Field Band play “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

As the music stilled and the sky became brightly lit with fireworks, I squeezed my beloved’s hand and felt – for the first time in a long, long time – that we were finally safe and home free in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Thanks, America, for not letting me down and thanks, too, for the best Fourth of July. Ever…

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