What does it mean to be an American? By calling myself Derrick An American I realize that I am possibly setting myself up for all kinds of interpretations…and misinterpretations. After all, in this world of instant communication and feedback, blogs, youtube and social media driven change, a name like that could lead anyone to believe that I’m some kind of super patriot. And, of course, I’d either be the kind of patriot that the reader would like me to be or someone who’s out to lead young minds astray and bury the republic.
The truth is that I happen to like the sound of the name…go ahead, say it a few times…. and I happen to delight in writing, producing and performing genuine American music. My politics are not on display here, nor should they be. I do not lean hard left or right. I prefer to think of myself as leaning forward.
My definition of a real American is someone who realizes just how fortunate they are to live in the United States. It’s also someone who embraces the ideals that this country was founded on and lives by those ideals despite the political climate…or maybe because of it. You know… someone who leans forward!
When we allow ourselves to be divided as a nation by an ever-increasing media fed frenzy of fear, name calling, and hateful rhetoric, it weakens us all.
The only way I know how to deal with the daily onslaught of political divisiveness is to ignore it, have a laugh watching The Daily Show and Colbert Report, and make music. Hopefully, it’s the kind of music that says America to you.
Musically & patriotically yours,
Derrick An American