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blog posted 7.4.16

A National Anthem: 1814. 1969. 2016.

Photo_4th_of_july_blog_flag_national_anthem 4th of JULY

INDEPENDENCE DAY

They push the boundaries. They take what they know and create new. They’re innovative. They interpret and create. They learn from those before them, pay homage and honor — as they blaze a new trail. We can follow or not. Some of us will judge. Some of us will fear. Some of us will shun counter-culture. Some of us can’t go to the edge. But some will look up. Some will take note. Some will listen and agree. Some will embrace. Some will follow. But always remember this. We are free to listen. We are free to interpret. We are free to decide. We are free to choose. We are free.

Let’s flashback on this Independence Day. The year is 1814. The song is THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER. The songwriter is attorney and poet, Francis Scott Key. You know the words, you bellow it loudly with your fellow Americans every pre-game. You hear it. But are you listening?

Today I’m giving you 3 versions of the song with 3 interpretations. Make sure you scroll all the way down so you don’t miss anything. And my plea to all of you is, however we sing it, let’s just please keep singing it. Now more than ever it’s our National Anthem. It’s our fight song.

Lend me your ear. This won’t take long. Continue reading …

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