Last year around this time on Sirius’s E Street Radio, they were counting down Bruce Springsteen’s top ten most patriotic songs based on a poll of their listeners.
Springsteen fans know that patriotism in Bruce’s world of song does not mean reflexively saluting the symbols of our country–it means celebrating our heritage and ideals and challenging us to live up to those ideals when we too often are failing to do so.
While Bruce has given us many good songs to choose from in this vein, the hands down winner in that listener poll was an inspired choice: American Land. If you haven’t listened to that song in awhile or seen the video, doing so would be a great addition to your 4th of July celebration this week. Continue reading