Monday, July 4, 2011

Nothing Wrong with Celebrating Our Country!

Ok, this will sound pretty corny. But I'll say it anyway - I LOVE the National Anthem! I can't understand those who don't! I think the words are beautiful. I think the images and the emotion that it seeks to evoke are thrilling and I think it is an inspirational song.

I am always amazed that people can't remember the words!

I realize that there is a standard way to sing it and there are very few serious renditions of the song that I don't like. I even like the cheers of the crowd when it is sung well. I know that there is decorum that should be observed when it is sung:

You stand.

If you're a man, you remove your hat.

Place your hand over your heart or stand at attention.

Sing or remain silent.

I get all that...

 But, then there is something kinda cool about the Chicago Blackhawk fans cheering throughout the entire anthem!

Conservative, progressive, liberal or moderate, I don't think there is anything wrong with celebrating your country.  I have no problem criticizing policy or politicians - but we can celebrate the fact that we live in a country in which we are free to do just that.

And we live in a country that allows a traditional anthem to become a virtual art form.

Here are three versions of the National Anthem that I like the most. And yes, you guessed it - of the three I love Marvin Gaye's version the best. I remember the night he sang it and even then it almost brought tears to my eyes.

Whichever version is your favorite - Happy Independence Day!


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