Every week we kick off your Friday with a few music videos, loosely grouped around a theme. This week, Friday Morning Music is inspired by this Nick Gillespie article:
Parade magazine, the throwaway Sunday supplement that more than pays for its role in environmental degradation simply by recycling cartoons whose gags were first written in the 1850s, had a nice profile of Reason Hero of Freedom and convicted tax rebel Willie Nelson and his annual, epic 4th of July picnic bash:
“I started it in 1973 to bring together different kinds of people, and that’s still what we do,” Willie says. It’s gotten bigger over the years, attracting rock bands, folk singers, rappers, and country stars who perform before as many as 20,000 music lovers of all ages, beliefs, and races. The event, just like the man himself, is a uniquely, magnificently American phenomenon. “It’s people drinking beer, smoking pot, and finding out that they have things in common and don’t really hate each other,” Willie says. “Music gives people a chance to enjoy something together.”
When folks talk about the ‘morality’ of markets, this is what they’re getting at. Markets force socialization and honesty to become pervasive de facto standards. That’s a good thing. It’s partly why freedom, and free markets, so drastically improved our nasty, brutish lot.
In that spirit, here’s four videos about all of us, just like, getting along, man.
Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow – City Of New Orleans In honor of the man himself.
Smashmouth – Why Can’t We Be Friends? All fairness to War’s original, this has CUTE ANIMALS! THAT PUPPY AND KITTEN ARE FRIENDS!
The Beatles – With A Little Help From My Friends Or, with a little help from strangers, acting in their own best interests, in a free competitive market? I’ll show myself out, thank you.
Bill Withers – Lean On Me Bill Withers is the best.