Let’s Hear It For New York!

Oh how I love this glorious city.  I would live here my whole life if I could.  Below is a beautifully shot video and achingly catchy anthem from two real New Yorkers.  Several times in the last week I’ve watched it over and over consecutively.  My favorite thing about it is how authentically New York Alicia’s vocals are.  It’s rare you really hear a New York accent sung but she does it in a way that just gives me chills here.  Especially on the word “inspire.”  And how passionate is her piano playing without sitting.  It’s the first time I’ve really gotten her talent and can understand how she inspired Bob Dylan.

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Put simply, this song is going to stick around a long, long time as a worthy tribute to the greatest city on Earth.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Erik

    It is a solid song. Glad to see that its recent appropriation of becoming sort of the new Yankees anthem hasn’t worn on you.

    • Daniel Fincke

      The whose-it of the what? ;)

      When the Yankees started turning Sinatra’s rendition of “New York, New York” into a signature song played whenever they won I had to learn the zen like ability to tune out that association. It came down to something very simple. It’s my city too. It’s the Mets’ city too. And I’m not letting them have Sinatra. And even if Jay-Z and Alicia Keys are notorious Yankee cap wearers and even if the song has explicit Yankee overtones, it doesn’t really matter. The city is bigger than them and it includes me and my Mets.


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