While we were at Macy's Annual Fourth of July celebration, the New York Pops were performing a new work by Stephen Flaherty and William Schermerhorn entitled American River Suite. Broadway divas Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel sing on two numbers. It would have been nice to actually have heard this during the spectacular fireworks show we watched while being held captive on the West Side Highway. Click here to download the American River Suite for free. It's stirring and fairly beautiful.
Normally, the annual celebration is held on the FDR over the East River. Officials screwed us this year by trying to stage the event on the West Side Highway in order celebrate the 400th anniversary of the exploration of the Hudson River. Because we were corralled like so many cattle on the northbound lane of the West Side Highway, we couldn't even see the Hudson River. At least the fireworks were as fabulous as ever.