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2021 A CAPITOL FOURTH OVERVIEW: The concert will honor men and women of our military and their families for their contributions to our nation and their dedication to service, which exemplifies the American ideals we celebrate on the Fourth of July. The 41st annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Sunday, July 4, 2021 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and will be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and this site, and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2021.

KNOWING HOW TO BELONG TO YOURSELF – “We are, at all times, involved in what Montaigne describes as the most important undertaking. He writes, “To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.” This masterpiece is created only with right intention and attention, which necessarily requires knowing how to belong to oneself.” Written By Peg O’Connor Ph.D. – Psychology Today

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS – Read and See his Recipe for Watermelon Salad! – “A Houston based chef. Endowing food with deeper meaning is Williams’ bread and butter. He has culinary entrepreneurship and community service in his DNA. The great-grandson of a pioneering Texas businesswoman, Williams feeds a lot of Houston’s foodie crowd at his restaurant Lucille’s, in the city’s Museum District. That’s where people come to meet and greet over plates of what Lucille’s advertises as “well-refined Southern cuisine, defined by history.” – Written By: Karen Grigsby Bates

TINY DESK: – Watch the VIDEO and HEAR HER INTERVIEW! INCREDIBLE – She has helped build a music school on Easter Island Out of Recycled Material…. “Mahani Teave,- the pianist who offers this engaging performance from the music school she co-founded. As a child, Teave saw the first piano brought to the island in 1992 and dreamed of becoming a world-class concert pianist. It was a dream she fulfilled, but just as she was poised to launch her international career, an even stronger dream tugged at her heart.”

GOOD GRIT MAGAZINE – “Is the only southern culture magazine capturing the authenticity of the perseverance that exists in the human spirit. We believe that the South is compiled of people from here and people who love it here–and maybe they aren’t “from around here”–but they’ve fallen in love and they are staying. The south has been begging for a progressive and truthful representation of who we are and who we want to be, and that also pays tribute to the legacies worthy of moving us forward. ood Grit is a movement walked out by compassionate and empathetic humans who want to leave the world better than they found it.  Our stories stretch from the origin of your great grandma’s biscuit recipe, to new emerging artists of all kinds. The technology and innovation that inspires us to wellness for our hearts and bodies. It’s about travel to the familiar and to the completely foreign, and stories about the people that stand in the cultural divides with hands outstretched to both sides, finally bringing us together. 

Great Performances…HOW THIS PAST YEAR INTERRUPTED THE ARTS: “The way arts and dance and cultural workers make a living…disappeared with it.” —“The exchange of dialogue we missed it. Love on a very deep level we missed it.” —“What I missed most was that sense of community that can only show up in that exchange of story telling with artist and audience.”—“Isolation and harmony, fragility and relience, oppression and hope. These are the emotions of our time. A look at how performers during the pandemic survived the loss of the arts.”

GSS- BE RESILIENT. “TOM JONES – TINY DESK (home) concert on his 81st birthday. It’s a poignant moment in the life of a singer whose career spans 56 years and more than 100 million records sold; the passing of his wife, Linda, in 2016 after 59 years of marriage was devastating and resulted in the longest break between recordings of his career. But now Tom Jones is back with a new album, Surrounded By Time, and ready to share his deepest feelings, channeling songs by others with a voice still rich and muscular. It’s a triumphant return to the Tiny Desk (his first visit was in 2009), and it’s the first time he’s performed these songs since recording them last year. ” NPR Tiny Desk

Ginny Burton – Addict to Honors…”I am grateful the Pierce County Sheriff’s loved me enough to arrest me. I am grateful that the judges loved me enough to incarcerate me because those incarcerations gave me an opportunity to work myself into changing my life….My story isn’t an accident,” she told me. “I think it will be used for everybody else. Maybe I can be some kind of Pied Piper, to help people recover their own lives. That’s what I care about. There are some days that I wish I could just slip away here, with a garden, and open up a little cafe. But in reality I know it’s my job to continue to create hope.”