America, The Beautiful

Tomorrow in the United States is Independence Day. For today’s Morning Groove, I have chosen “America The Beautiful” by Nathan East. I’ve featured the song on the blog before, in a post entitled “Because, ‘Merica,” that I wrote last year. I’ve included those words from that time below. Enjoy today’s Morning Groove, and thanks for reading and listening.

I know. Everyone uses that derivative of America, but sometimes it just fits, you know?

After the overwhelming discussions about violence against blacks, the Confederate flag and same-sex marriage in the last few weeks, along with the unneeded comic relief from Donald Trump, I need to hear something soothing. Something to drown out the din and rancor I’ve seen in my social feeds.

And that’s where this version of “America The Beautiful” by Nathan East comes in. It also helps that I just watched a documentary about Mr. East over the weekend. I was amazed that he has played on so many songs and with so many artists.

After all these years, East finally released a solo project with his name on it two years ago. And one of the most beautiful pieces of work on it is this version of “America The Beautiful,” a song that, while it isn’t the national anthem, doesn’t describe war like “The Star Spangled Banner.” It instead, reminds one of peace. And after all of the “can you top this” back and forth that I’ve seen, I need something that reminds me of peace.

And, to me at least, it seems that we forget that we have more that unites us than divides us. But in times like these, that sentiment seems to have gotten up and moved far, far away. Maybe this song will bring it back—at least for me.

Thank you, Mr. East.

11 Replies to “America, The Beautiful”

  1. Couldn’t agree more. I think an opposite movement is emerging, one of tolerance and giving and love, to counteract the hate and vitriol currently making headlines. I think we are all getting fed up with the bullshit. Great post!

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  2. I loved,LOVED this post Mr Wayne!!!!
    It is so fitting for today and well everyday with all this hate in the world and all the ill shitt happening …I had a bout of tears yesterday thinking about all the hate and shitt going on and that when we can’t even get along with family then how in the hell can we make the world get along?? Breaks my heart my dear friend..So with a rough day yesterday this song had me in tears again but hopeful tears…So thank you ….

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  3. Thank you, Suzette…I am glad that this post and song can bring you some hope. We all need hope. Hope that we can figure out where we’ve made this hateful, disagreeable turn and somehow remember to love each other, uplift each other. I don’t have all or any of the answers, but we have to realize that what’s going on right now isn’t working, isn’t right.


  4. Beautiful post Tracy. You make me feel patriotic about America when I’m not even American 😀
    Couldn’t agree more about spreading more love around. Have an enjoyable and peaceful Independence day my friend!

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