By David Rogers. September 30, 2020. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Even as America the Beautiful deals with an unparalleled public health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, this great nation and we, the people, are being called upon to look in civilization’s mirror. En masse, Americans of all races and ethnic groups are coming together to confront the forces of racism, bigotry, and prejudice that have for far too long pulled at the very fabric of a supposedly civilized society touting peace, harmony, and opportunity for all.
This oral musical essay is part confession, part personal witness, maybe a little bit of entertainment, and hopefully provides some accurate historical perspective for the racism and bigotry that, at least in my mind, is holding back this country from reaching its fullest potential. Please, turn up the volume and listen to one older man’s viewpoint.
I want to thank Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blowing Rock for providing the venue for this recording, to thank Eric Luke for overseeing the actual videotaping, and to thank Sydney Brittain for her tireless, painstaking work in producing the final editing of this presentation.
The original version of “Independence Day” was performed at Rumple Church some five years ago and was subsequently performed for audiences that included Boone Sunrise Rotary, Boone Kiwanis, and the Blowing Rock Country Club. Each new version has been shaped by the forces of our time.