Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Ray Charles: America the Beautiful

Happy 4th of July!!!

The Fourth has long been one of my family's favorite holidays. All the aunts and uncles and cousins are gathering at my dad's house as we speak (or as I type), for swimming and bratwurst and best of all...fireworks! Oh the fireworks. We once caught a tree on fire and my mother made us all run inside the house to clean up in case the firemen came!

For a little patriotic treat, here's a 1976 film clip of Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful on a mountaintop (with his grand piano) for the bicentennial. (Sorry, I'm not allowed to embed this one actually have to click on the link.) No one can sing this song like Ray Charles, and this particular clip is fun because it is *very* 1970s. I especially like the intro about the 50 states. :)

Have a great, relaxing day!

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