Shooter—4th of July

…And I’m looking at you
With the world in the rear view.

You were pretty as can be
Sitting in the front seat
Looking at me
Telling me you love me
And you’re happy to be with me
On the 4th of July…

-Shooter Jennings, “4th of July”

Shooter has some big music shoes to fill, but Waylon never did things by the book either.  I don’t like much of what he’s done recently—that’s his road, not mine; his life, not mine.  When you think of it, that’s what Americana is all about:  When we don’t like the rules, we make up our own.  Nothing in the Declaration of Independence guarantees success.  It simply dedicates this grand experiment to protecting “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” so you can pursue your own life the best you can. However you live your own life, do it well.

Happy Independence Day, America.

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