On the fourth of July, I always like to listen to “Song for America,” a song by the band Kansas. Could there be any combination more red, white, and blue? An ode to the nation from a bunch of dudes in group named after the heartiest of America’s heartland? The buckliest bit of the Bible Belt? The sparkliest trailer park jewel of the Tornado Alley diadem?
Except… if you listen to the song, it turns out to be a lamentation about how beautiful America once was and how we totally crapped it up with our ugly industry and commerce. Much like the band itself, “Song for America” is not quite what the label indicates.
Anyway, since I can no longer afford my old July 4th tradition of celebrating America with sushi, I guess listening to a cynical MP3 will have to do the trick. It’s just as well; I can share this tradition with you. I don’t think you’d have liked it if I had mailed you a piece of raw fish.