Monday, July 04, 2005

Celebrating Independence

I was in the seventh grade (1967) when I built this puppet stage and constructed the sock puppets to lip sync The Fifth Dimension's musical rendition of The Declaration of Independence. Today I find the white, blond-haired, blue-eyed puppets standing in for a then popular African-American musical group to be a bit out of sync, but the idea was innovative at the time, and the (re) presentation of the message in music created new provocation for reflection. If any random moment calls for a recitation of The Declaration of Independence, I can do my part only because the music carries me. With thoughts toward a continuing celebration of the Fourth of July, here is a link to The Fifth Dimension's timely medley.


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