You were born into this world, congratulations! You’ve inherited all of its beauty, its history both good and bad, as well as get to experience life for all its worth. What are you going to do with it?

As we reflect this week on what the U.S. has been doing with its unique role in history now that we are a 234 year old nation, we asked ourselves, what song should have been playing as we entered the world? Are you a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll? Or is there a song out there that was specifically written for you? Here are our answers, along with some patriotic offerings for our Fourth of July Music Monday. Listen to our playlist here. Born To Be Me

Which song should have been playing at the time of your birth?

  • Gary, Artistic Director – Frank Sinatra’s “All of Me.” As I lay in the womb or crib.
  • Jessica, Executive Director – “Jessica” by the Allman Brother’s.
  • Beverly, Individual Giving Manager – “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix.
  • Annie, Development Fellow – “Angel Eyes” the 1947 version.
  • Karena, Program Director – “Coming to America.” The reasons are fairly obvious.
  • Ivy, Finance & Operations Manager – “Happy Birthday.”
  • Laurie, Institutional Giving Manager – “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by The Clash.
  • Anne, Program & Communications Manager – Either “The Weight” or “Across The Great Divide” by The Band
  • Larry, Program & Administrative Assistant – “Ebony & Ivy” by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney was the #1 hit in the US the week I was born, but…. I Think “Big Town Boy” by Shirley Matthews and the Big Town Girls, a song my Grandmother played for me often, should have been that song.