Bruce Maier here hoping that everyone in the US who celebrates the 4th of July, our Independence Day, has had a great time and safe return from their destinations and extended holiday weekend.

The fourth of July is a time for families and friends to gather for food, fun and sometimes a few libations.And nothing can make the festivities brighter than a live band in the park or in the amphitheater, playing the Blues, Hard Rockin’, Country Boogie or Smooth Jazz. Of course I’m sure that all forms of music are represented during this time, so whatever you’re into was probably happening somewhere and you had yourself a blast!

Music is a vital part of any celebration. It is part of our social fiber and extends throughout the worldwide community of mankind. Without music, I fear that life would be rather boring. Sometimes I’ve pondered the possibility that aliens from other worlds actually have no rhythm or sense of melody, and it is because of our human gift of these attributes that they frequent us – so they may get close, feel the beat and hear the noise. Perhaps the little guys are learning to dance and have learned how to copy us and jam to alien karaoke! Imagine the possibilities!However you cut it, music is a universal language that transcends racial and cultural barriers and knows no caste. What a privilege it is to be one of the humans who can play and sing and entertain. I never take this for granted and am proud of what I do. Yesterday I played a show in front of thousands of people celebrating their 4th of July in grand American fashion with hot dogs, hamburgers, live music, demolition derby and fireworks. After our show was over and I returned home I took a rather deep breath and thanked our Creator for allowing me to do what I do, playing music, writing songs and serving others to the best of my ability.

After the celebration, I’m still me and you’re still you. We all have much to do to make this planet and this life a degree better each day but isn’t it sweet that music enhances the human experience? After the celebration, life itself is always a reason to celebrate again and again.



  1. Bruce,

    Where are you playing next?

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