Happy Fourth of July!
Happy Canada Day!
It is a long weekend all across North America as two great nations celebrate their respective foundings. When “O Canada” or “The Star Spangled Banner” play this weekend, millions of people will fill with pride.
When hearing it can make you stop in your tracks, remove your hat, and stand at attention, you know music is a powerful thing. That’s the strength of a national anthem.
Anthems make you pay attention. You can’t ignore them.
Songs, on the other hand, are like candy and french fries and Adam Sandler movies; they are fun and they play an important role in our lives in the moment, but they don’t last. Anthems do.
“American Pie” by Don McLean.
“Born To Run” by Bruce Springsteen.
“Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.
“I Gotta Feeling” by Black-Eyed Peas.
In my mind, all of those songs are anthems. When you hear them, you really have no choice but to stop and pay attention. You will no doubt have your life’s own anthems, and they might differ greatly from mine.
What anthems will you create?
Will people sing your song for a few months this summer, or will they be standing to honor your anthem decades from now?
Have a great long weekend. Here’s to a wicked fun summer filled with inspiration, energy, and lasting memories.