Reflection On Freedom

“It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism.”

-J. Horace McFarland, Civic Reformer, Writer, Photographer

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a Federal holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts and baseball games as well as political speeches and ceremonies. Various other public and private events celebrate the history, government and traditions of our country.

What makes America so wonderful is that our diversity is reflected in many nationalities, cultures and religions. Collectively we are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and much more. Although our nation has its share of problems, it is still the greatest country in the world because of one major component – Freedom.

Many of us have had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of freedom by becoming entrepreneurs and starting our own businesses. Here in the United States, we are privileged to make great money by entertaining people of all races, colors and creeds.

It is important to remember that our freedom is a privilege, not a right. I have been given the privilege to serve thousands of people as an entertainer. Yes, I said privilege and serve. As entertainers we are in the service industry.

We are blessed to have American men and women fighting a war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect the freedom and privileges that we enjoy on a daily basis. They need our support.  One way to give it is to express your gratitude.  The next time you see a soldier at an airport, grocery store or out in the street, why don’t you take a moment to say, “Thank you for your service.” Show that you are a person who cares. Our soldiers put their lives on the line to demonstrate their love for our country, and it is our job to keep the holy fire of patriotism alive.

On a personal note, I don’t take for granted that a poor Puerto Rican kid (me) who grew up in the ghettos of Brooklyn, NY, would one day be able to leave the ghetto and move to Southern California. I eventually settled in the metro Phoenix area and have had the opportunity to run my own full-time business for 25 of the last 36 years in this industry.

May we stand stall and use the fire of our passion as entertainers to proudly serve our clients. Although our job may never measure up to the sacrifice of our soldiers, one thing you can be sure of is that we are blessed with the gratitude from our clients by sacrificing for them to make their events memorable.

May God Bless you, May God Bless our troops, and May God Bless America! Let freedom ring!

As professional entertainers, we have a great opportunity to shine during our nation’s birthday.  What are your plans?

Ray Martinez – “Unbridled Inspiration”

Ray Martinez of Ray Mar Productions in Goodyear, AZ is the most highly accredited individual in the mobile DJ industry. A 30+ year veteran, Ray’s many accomplishments include: 2006 American Disc Jockey Hall of Fame Inductee; 2003 National Male Entertainer of the Year, American Disc Jockey Awards; 2001 & 2002 ADJA Southern California Entertainer of the Year; Author, “Performance Beyond Expectation” and “Music From My Heart, Orchestrating Your Business and Your Life;” Vice President-Board of Directors of N.A.M.E. (National Association of Mobile Entertainers); Executive Director, CrossMix-Christian DJ Association; Lifetime Member-American Disc Jockey Association; Former National Director of the ADJA, Former Vice President of the ADJA So. California Chapter; Ambassador and Endorsed Artist for QSC Audio. To contact him, email

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