At least I HOPE we are all continuing to wear our masks and follow social distancing guidelines. It is possible to do all those fun holiday things with a few slight, smart adjustments.
- Party with smaller groups,
- Enjoy the great outdoors,
- Spread out the seating,
- Plan single-portion servings – no shared utensils – you get the idea.
We are taking things easy at our house this year, connecting with just a few people spread out over several days. Keep the party going, I always say.
Here is a 4th of July post from several years ago with recipes galore plus cool photos of the neighborhood fireworks show. Especially recommended is Ilise’s Mango Margarita and the Corn Husk Smoked Salmon with Grilled Corn Salsa. Enjoy a sip and a bite and experience flavorful fireworks on your taste buds!
Wait, wait, come back! This is super-cool, I promise. Especially if you crank it up to max volume. Air conducting is encouraged.
This mini playlist includes two versions of Fanfare for the Common Man from composer Aaron Copland, whose music connects deeply to the American ethos. The first is presented in the traditional manner, perfectly executed by Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The second take is a personal indulgence, as Emerson Lake & Palmer is one of my all-time favorite prog-rock bands and their version of Fanfare is simply – chef’s kiss!
In between is a new-to-me piece by American composer Joan Tower. It uses Fanfare for the Common Man as its foundation and springboard to the powerful Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.
Happy Independence Day!