Happy Independence Day Everyone!
With symbols celebrating the spirit of freedom everywhere I look, like the beautiful image I borrowed from PIED TYPE below, the 4th of July holiday is most definitely my favorite holiday of the year:
I began my celebration last night by watching our big annual Red, White & Boom extravaganza on TV. It seemed a little shorter than usual, but the fireworks and music were just as awesome as ever. After that, I watched Independence Day for the umpteenth time. Talk about symbology – that movie practically gives you an overdose of it! But as many times as I’ve searched for my very favorite clip from it to post, I’ve never been able to find it. So this time I decided I’d recreate it in another way.
It’s the scene where “Black Knights” team members Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and Capt. Jimmy Wilder (Harry Connick Jr.) are talking, just before their ill-fated mission to take down one of the alien’s spaceships, and Wilder breaks out his hilarious impression of the Rev. Jesse Jackson:
Audio clip via Hark.com
And speaking of symbology, what could possibly be more representative of the American Dream than a celebration of the great Hollywood classics the entire world associates with it? Please enjoy these clips from The Friends of Mr Cairo by Jon and Vangelis:
But of course, it’s that universal desire to be free that’s really behind all the celebration. This clip is from The Friends of Mr Cairo as well:
Finally, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t acknowledge the passing of a genuine American legend: Andy Griffith. Having struggled my whole life to be free from the stigma associated with having a country accent, the “hillbilly boy” living on inside me will sorely miss the man that did so much to dispel it…
Rest in peace Andy.
Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!
I want ice water.
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