3 Songs for Your July 4th BBQ
1. Love Train by O Jays
This takes the number one spot because of the awesomeness of this video. There is nothing that will make you feel like groovin’ at your own summer 4th of July party like watching these people hop on the love train.
Plus you get lyrics like “People all over the world join hands…Start a love train, love train…’cause if you miss it, I feel sorry for you” and I would feel sorry for myself if I missed that love train, just LOOK how much fun it is. Plus the upbeat tempo of a throwback 1972 classic is sure to put everyone in a groovy mood.
2. Are You Out There (Live Version) by Dar Williams
Dar Williams is one of my all time favorite singer songwriters and I have had the pleasure of seeing her live at the Vermont Solar Fest years ago. Her lyrics are poetic, her voice is unique, and she continues to produce great album after great album. Are You Out There is a great song for a summer night, but always go for a Live version of this song, Dar doesn’t need much besides a guitar and her voice to sound amazing. The lyrics touch on our connection to music when we feel like the radio is our closest friend.
The music keeps this from being a song about loneliness and instead gets your blood pumping. She totally gets it too, singing “They preach that I should save the world, they pray that I won’t do a better job of it…so tonight I turn your station on, just so I’d be understood” and you’re just like, “YES DAR. YESSSS.” Didn’t save the world today? It’s ok just finish that drink and keep dancing cause you’re not alone.
3. Better Way by Ben Harper
Tapped for the album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace the song Better Way by Ben Harper is chill with a cool eclectic vibe. It would go great with a beach bonfire. He “believe(s) in a better way” and so do I! And true dat to “fools will be fools” and”what good is a man who won’t take a stand, what good is a cynic with no better plan?” We don’t know Ben, but he still “hope(s) these words feel pleasant as they rest upon your ears” and they sure do. Also, this song was a campaign song for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Pair this “better way” tune with “better way” food, try locally grown corn on the cob and an organic burger from your local farmer’s market. Beef not your thing? Fear not, check out this tasty and healthy recipe for a portabella burger.
June 26, 2013
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