Day Drinking and Independent Music

After Independence Day

Terry Barr
The Riff
Published in
6 min readJul 6, 2024

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Michael (Author’s photo)

It’s hard not to speculate about the state of our republic and all the “will he/won’t he” questions revolving around us. When friends are visiting, when we’ve played too many games of Sequence, had too many Mojitos, and too much to dream last night — independence night — maybe the best course is to put away the ribs and beans and embark on such day trips as to aright the world again or at least our part of it.

Our friends journeyed from NYC to us via Sewanee, Rock City, and upper Asheville. They brought us fudge and dark chocolate assortments, and coffee. Much coffee.

Like most of the eastern U.S., we’ve experienced a massive early summer heat wave, the kind that makes a person nauseous even before opening the front door into a wave of humidity and haze. We all have to wear hats now and major sunblock just to pick the mint from our garden—the mint necessary for Mojitos.

And yes, we acknowledge our privilege of racing back inside, though even our relatively new AC unit can’t keep pace with these temperatures.

So what else?

More coffee.

And music.

As we barbecued with our friends and family— old-fashioned charcoal grill at 300 degrees, not much more than the temp outside —…

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Terry Barr
The Riff

I write about music, culture, equality, and my Alabama past in The Riff, The Memoirist, Prism and Pen, Counter Arts, and am an editor for Plethora of Pop.