Show Notes: Preparing for today's show, I was feeling
distinctly less than festive. This is supposed to be a day of
national celebration, but my armed forces are occupying two foreign
nations, my government is spreading fear to justify undermining
the very liberties we're supposedly celebrating, and the political
opposition to all this is showing leadership skills somewhere
short of breathtaking. I suppose this is a good reminder that
liberty requires constant vigilance. So my musical selections
reflect struggle as much as celebration, from the long-term, learned-from-exerience
message of South Africa's Hugh Masekela ("everything must
change...") to the final Turkish-flavored plea for peace
"Selam Selam" from Cologne's Schäl Sick Brass Band.
In that spirit, I wish you a happy Independence Day.
# Our cover song of the week was on vacation again this week,
but sent a postcard. It promised to be back in time for next week's