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July fourth is one of my favorite holidays! It is a time for family, friends, good food, great weather, trips to the cabin, fishing, picnics and music. One of the biggest regrets I have in my life (and there aren't many) is that years ago, when my husband and I were living north of Baltimore, we never went to the Capital Fourth Concert in Washington D.C.. Since some of my readers know that I just went on a trip to DC., this feeling of regret has lingered more closely to the surface of my memories this year.
So, each July fourth, I play a lot of patriotic music from 2 CD's that I own. I play it often and loud! We also make a tradition of watching the Capital Fourth Concert on T.V., if we are home. Going to a local festival to watch Fireworks is another favorite thing to do!
Music plays a huge role in my life. It can bring back memories of another place and time. Music fills my home. Some days it is a CD, other times it is my son on the piano working on his lessons, recital, or concerto music. Other times, it is the same adolescent practicing his clarinet or saxaphone for summer auditions or marching band (which he can't wait to start). Soon, I'll have another child practicing an instrument, as they reach the age that is offered in school. I miss band. I played the flute and piccolo for years. I loved being part of a large group, whether it was symphonic band or marching band or fireman's band that made wonderful music.
So, today, I offer you a slide show; put to the music American Patrol. Featured are many photographs that I have taken that I feel, in some way, represent our country! Sit back, relax for a few minutes, let the slide show load, and enjoy!
Lastly, remember that my shop is still having a sale through tomorrow, 7/5/11. I am offering 20% off everything by entering the coupon code JULY20 at checkout. Stop by, you'll find some beautiful, unique jewelry awaiting you!
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, everyone!