Today, over 350 papers in the United States have coordinated to publish their own editorials on the importance of a free press. The media is in collusion to protect our first amendment rights? I’m in.
Is a blog really “journalism”? Most frequently, probably not. But I do consider some of my pieces to be journalism; they relate a story about something that I hope others find interesting or useful.
I promote music that I think is worthy to share with friends and strangers; that’s my opinion. I write about how the music makes me feel, I write about a musician’s biography, and I sometimes write fiction to describe a real thing. I offer my take on music for others to read, enjoy, and maybe learn from. I invite readers to respond, whether they agree or not. Discussion is paramount; if respectful and well considered, we all learn something.
Today’s editorials are about the freedom of press to report on government, root out corruption, and thus promote liberty and justice. Arts journalism, and arts discussions, rely on the First Amendment similarly. Books I read have been tried in US courts (in 1966, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts declared Burroughs’ Naked Lunch not obscene.) We each rely on the freedom to assemble to attend a concert. Last year, I wrote a piece about “bone music” in the former Soviet Union, when “Western music” was banned.
Let us unite today in joy and righteousness, knowing the power of the US Constitution; knowing that brave people continue to research the truth, provide informed opinions, and protect us all by invoking their First Amendment rights.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free assemble exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This is a music blog, so let’s listen to something. The great Aretha died today. Impossible to choose just one song (earlier this morning I struggled and gave up) I’m choosing “Respect”; it’s a good word for the day.
Her voice is as beautiful as Thomas Jefferson’s pen. The First Amendment was vital to the civil rights movements when Aretha came to age. It is a small piece of writing that keeps on giving.
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