Dear Friends, Fans & Family....
Big 4th of July weekend coming up: Fireworks! Watermelon! Parades! Traffic jams. Parking tickets. Crowds. Sweat. Bad ice cream. Cranky kids. Live music in the park. Free candy. Beautiful young people with pierces and tattoos. It’s always a mixed bag.
But celebrating American Independence Day is not a bad thing, even if you’re not wild about the current mess in Washington DC. America still has the funniest cartoons in the world. (See this favorite from Mike Twohy of the New Yorker magazine.) In general, we Americans are inventive, creative and optimistic, and let’s face it, the whole world listens to American music.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but my heart still stirs when I hear a good high school band play “The Stars & Stripes Forever.” (Probably because all through my childhood my Dad used to rush to the piano at odd moments to try and figure out the chords to the bridge of that song, an impossible task which kept our family entertained for decades. We played the full John Phillip Sousa version at the end of his memorial service, and one old codger came up to me afterwards and said it was the best damn funeral he’d ever been to.)
The best part of America, in my opinion, has very little to do with its government. JD and I are currently in the midst of recording a new song called “Falling in Love with the World Again,” and it talks about how lucky we all are to live in a peaceful world where mamas and babies might be out for a stroll on a summer morning, and where neighborhood kids have set up a lemonade stand down the block so they can make enough money to go see “Finding Dory” on a Saturday afternoon.
All this makes us drop-to-your-knees grateful. We are so lucky. And at the same time….would it be ridiculously obvious to mention that the United States is in the midst of a truly insane election season? Jaw dropping. One of the presumptive presidential candidates (I won’t say which) is a little like watching a bad car wreck…. over and over again.
We can all sit and shudder in horror, fear, and disbelief….or we can get it together and do what we can to steer what Walt Whitman called this “Ship of Democracy” in a good direction. JD and I have been hippie musicians pretty much forever, which means we have never been particularly patriotic, in the classic sense of the word. But we have just written a new song called, “Do the Right Thing.” You can listen to the rough mix by clicking here.
We are pretty confident that each one of us knows what it means to personally do the right thing….in each moment, and on-going-ly, as time goes by. The world is in a rough place right now. We don’t even have to go into the horrific details. It is heart-breaking. But Esther Hicks says that one soul who is truly tuned-in is more powerful than thousands, maybe millions, who are not.
So this is a good time to arm ourselves with fierce commitment, and a great sense of humor & well-being, as we all move forward in powerful aligned action. We have great faith in you. We know you’ll do the right thing.
Love from Jan & JD
Click here for details of these and all coming events
• July 24
Music & Message at Unity of Gaithersburg
• July 24
Evening Pozipalooza Concert with Sue Riley
Unity of Gaithersburg
• July 31
Music & Message at Center for Spiritual Living Metro
Falls Church, VA
• October 14 & 15
Keynote Presentations at Great Lakes Regional Music Conference
New Thought Unity Center
• October 16
Music & Message at Unity of Garden Park