My favorite song about America.

My Fourth of July song is…

“Our Song” by the great American poet Joe Henry, from the album Civilians.

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What’s yours?

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Julio

    “Our Song” is a good call (“Civilians” is a great album)! I also nominate Ray Charles’ rendition of “America the Beautiful,”

  • Rick Ro.

    “Elvis Presley and America” by U2.

  • Garrick

    “Body of an American” by The Pogues…. “I’m a free born man of the USA”

  • Gaith

    I’ll probably have to go with Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”, seconded by Springsteen’s “Livin’ in the Future” and maybe “The Rising”. For the Boston toast, there’s the Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping up to Boston”…

  • http://chadhub.blogspot.com/ Chad Ethridge

    “America” by Simon & Garfunkel is a great one. I also really enjoy “4th of July” by Ben Shive (http://www.rabbitroom.com/?p=911).


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