There’s been a lot of talk lately about the American Dream and what it means to people from all walks of life. The concept of the American Dream has come to mean many different things to people. A few Orlando musicians weighed in on the subject for this article.
Orlando musician Cragmire Peace of The Bloody Jug Band said, “For me, the American Dream is about realizing your own potential and not allowing others to stand in your way. It is a state of mind and a way of living your life with passion, conviction and focus. If the citizens of this Country simply stopped listening to what they are told, and chose to become more empowered, we could all have this ‘American Dream’ that you read about.”
Justin Lunsford of Orlando band I Will Break Thee said, “To me the American Dream is being able to be successful, in doing what you want to do, and being able to live the life you would like to live, whether it’s the dream mansion, hundreds of acres of property, a big family, or just being able to travel. Being happy in what you do, and being able to live the lifestyle you want without question from anyone, is what the American Dream is.”
Orlando musician Adam Lipinski of Ratham Stone has a more global view point, “The American Dream can mean a lot of different things. Many interpret this as having a nice house and kids in the burbs with a white picket fence around it, but to me it means having the freedom to decide our own individual destiny in a place where opportunities are available to support whatever it is we want to do. Being able to chose where to live, where to work, and who to marry is a liberty not available in many countries that many of us probably take for granted. Even though the economy may not be in a great place right now, we have to keep in mind the freedoms and opportunities we have. There are so many people trying extreme paths to get here, because they want the chance to make their own destiny in a place where their dream may become a reality.”
Mark Nielsen of Orlando band 3 Bucksworth had this to say about the American Dream, “To me it’s living a good life and finding happiness through family and friends, participating in your community and exercising the freedoms that make America the greatest country in the world. Add to that, giving thanks to those around you who have helped you in life and made it possible for you to chase your dreams and be successful at whatever you aspire to do with your life. Don’t forget those who have worked and fought to make freedom and the American Dream possible for us all. God Bless America.”
Whatever the American Dream means to you, here’s hoping that you are on the path to achieving it.