American Elephants

Stars and Stripes Forever— Forever New. by The Elephant's Child

Guy Van Dueser plays the most famous Sousa march. We can have Sousa all year, can’t we? We don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July. This is much too wonderful to wait for next year.

Enjoy. This is special.  What no tubas?  Mr. Sousa never dreamed of this performance.


Flash-Mob Fourth! by American Elephant

The whole “flash-mob” phenom has begun to wear on this particular pachyderm to the point of irritation. Yes, I get it, you can get a group to congregate in public, occasionally dressed as zombies, and recreate, en masse, the dance steps from piped-in 1980’s music videos or lip-sync to last month’s episode of “Glee”.

Bully for you! Boring for me.

It was amusing the first hundred or so times, but the novelty has long since worn off. Especially painful to watch are those “spontaneous” mobs where participants outnumber onlookers by a factor of 10-1 or more. How is it a flash mob, when everyone there is in it?

But I digress.

There are still, on occasion, instances where one of these groups does something worthwhile — surprises a crowd with real talent or something truly novel.

Such an event occurred just days ago in old Cape Cod:

At 5pm on July 1st, 2011 in Orleans, Cape Cod, MA, shoppers stocking up for the 4th of July got a surprise shot of patriotism to start their weekend!

This flash mob was organized by Spirit of America Band to wish everyone a happy 4th of July!

A charming show of public patriotism. Which is, alas, something we don’t see that much of anymore. Enjoy!

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