We freedom-loving Americans always like to return to the historical roots of our nation, rediscover its revolutionary fervor, and celebrate the glory of its early achievements—especially the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution (given their obviously divine origins).
Unfortunately, as often becomes evident during our political campaigns, few have actually read these documents. But as one who has studied them in their original Hebrew and Greek, I can assure you that much has been lost in translation. (And don't forget that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison usually conversed in Aramaic, which further obscures original intent.)
And what does this have to do with rock & roll?
Well, I wish more of us would return to the historical roots of our national music (rock & roll of course), rediscover its revolutionary fervor, and celebrate the glory of its early achievements.
How many are aware of the amazing run of original songs by Little Richard and Chuck Berry, the groundbreaking recording sessions of Elvis and Jerry Lee, or their raucous tv debuts that generated a storm of national controversy?
The original intent of these Founding Fathers is clear: to break the bonds of conformity and free the human spirit. 'A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop-a-lop-bam-bam' speaks pretty well for itself.
This is a good time of year to revisit these original declarations of independence, which continue to shape our art, culture, and commerce.
Here's one of our founding fathers, setting a new standard for musical freedom.
[A video of Jerry Lee Lewis singing "Tutti Frutti" was deleted by the internet police, so I've replaced it with the author of the same song.]