Thank you for my freedom
And what it’s truly worth
The freedom that you fought for
The freedom that you died for
The freedom to express my thoughts
The freedom to allow all others to speak
The freedom to love my country
The freedom to hate my government
The freedom to own a gun
The freedom to hate firearms
The freedom to love who I want
The freedom to marry and grow old
The freedom to work against hate
The freedom to seek my own center
The freedom to worship as I please
The freedom to choose the scientific method
The freedom to pledge allegiance to the flag
The freedom to burn it in protest
The freedom to stand in reverence
The freedom to sit in protest
The freedom to hate blind patriotism
The freedom to disregard political correctness
The freedom to hunt and kill
The freedom to tend a garden
The freedom to vote
The freedom run for office
The freedom to vote my conscience
The freedom to vote against your candidate
The freedom to defend my home
The freedom to fight for my water supply
The freedom to wander the countryside
The freedom to lose myself in work
The freedom to drink my liver away
The freedom to live simply
The freedom the destroy my own life
The freedom to rebuild as I see fit
The freedom to walk away
The freedoM to join you in defense
The freedom to know
Freedom is not tied to any one belief
No matter what, music helps. Today I needed a John Lee Hooker break. Check him out doing Boom Boom from the movie The Blues Brothers. Make sure to turn it up really loud!
I was lucky enough to see John Lee once during the summer of 1999 at Suffolk Downs in Boston at a festival called The Guinness Fleadh, before he finally moved on to the great gig in the sky.
It was a music lover’s dream of a festival with names like Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson and John Lee Hooker and a ton more! The running joke days before the concert was whether or not Van Morrison would show, as he is known for just not playing when it doesn’t feel like it. True to form, he didn’t show. But for me, I couldn’t wait to see John Lee anyway. And as he was pushing 80 years of age I likely wouldn’t have another chance.
My friend Tom and I got right up front for his set so that when he came out we could see both of his teeth perfectly! He played great and it was worth every penny. Everyone in range of hearing the music was moving with the blues. He’s was a musician the likes of which we don’t see much anymore.
One thing that sticks in my mind from that day is that word had it that he was supposed to be introduced by legendary Boston DJ Charles Laquidara (a.k.a Dwayne Glasscock), but some promoter decided to screw Laquidara out of this once in a lifetime chance. It’s too bad to think that some yutz like me was able to be closer to that old legend than he was.
Anyway, take a minute to check out the video. I don’t think it’s possible to do so and not to move with the music. It’ll shoot you right down, knock you off of your feet… A-HOW HOW HOW HOW!