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Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Great American Dream Machine!

Although I only watched American Idol infrequently I did catch it last night when David Cook won the title.

This brings to mind Joni Mitchel when she penned it and Neil Diamond when he sang about; "The Great American star making machinery behind the popular song!"

Call the United States what you will from an Imperialistic power hungry empire to a corrupt money making conglomerate to a war mongering, bullying, self-centered, self righteous monolith, there is one thing that is true without exception.

The Great American Dream Machine is an enterprise that is unparalleled in the history of the world. From the Movies, to music, to literature, to culture and to the general arts and sciences, the United States sings with a vibrancy that has not seen its equal in the past and might not ever be surpassed in the future.

From Ernest Hemingway to William Faulkner to Scott Joplin to Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg to George Lucas to Woody Allen to John Phillip Sousa to Burt Bacharach and on and on, this Dream Machine is just that, a force that grinds out culture and artistry on a scale never before imagined.

Whether it's Motown or Hollywood, Nashville or Las Vegas, the streets of New York or the back alleys of New Orleans or the wind swept streets of Chicago, there is a synergy that resonates through the entertainment industry in the United States like the clack of the wheels on a fast moving train.

Yes my friends, it could be the Gladys Knight's Midnight Train to Georgia or James Brown's Night Train. It might even travel the world and become the Orient Express, or The Midnight Express, or a Slow Boat to China, or the River Queen, or Casablanca, or Manhattan, or Paris in the Spring, or Belgium on a Tuesday. (But Never on a Sunday!)

Whatever the case, you can bet that people will sit up and take notice.

Never have we seen such artistry and culture, and for this America is both revered and reviled, envied and scorned, anything and everything........ except ignored!

Your "on the scene" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://Allans-Perspective.blogspot.com



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