Surreal Saturday: Star Spangled Pants

I’m a few weeks late but at least it’s the same month.  Felicia Day, actress and resident internet geek, actually shows off her violin virtuoso skills with the US national anthem, Star Spangled Banner. Written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, it’s essentially a war song that’s also hard to sing. Why Congress decided to make it the country’s national anthem in 1931 escapes me.  Day puts her special kitschy spin on it to make the wretched piece bearable.

Star-Spangled Pride Pants

Link to REGULAR FLOG EPISODE FOR THIS WEEK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWaxZH6f608 Starring: Felicia Day & Tom Lenk Featuring: Brit Weisman as Pride Pants Directed by: Sean Becker Executive Producers: Sheri Bryant, Felicia Day, Kim Evey, Sean Becker Associate Producer: Brit Weisman Camera: Hisonni Johnson Sound: Jonathan Hong, Leonardo Nasca Production Assistant: Ricardo Ramos Hair/Makeup: Kim Graczyk Edited By: Sean Becker Post Sound: Jonathan Hong Special Thanks: GoPotato Studio Email: theflog@geekandsundry.com Twitter: @GeekandSundry www.geekandsundry.com

Now here is a tune that ought to be the national anthem, America, the Beautiful.  Our pal Wiki says the the music, borrowed from a hymn, and the lyrics evolved to be first published in 1910. The self-explanatory title is more befitting a rousing, positive, patriotic song than a tune about rockets, bullets and war.  This is my favorite version, by the legendary Ray Charles.

Ray Charles – America,The Beautiful (LIVE) HD

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind James L.Knight Center in Miami,Florida,1999 Composer : Samuel A. Ward , Katharine Lee Bates Lyrics : Oh beautiful, for heroes proved, In liberating strife, Who more than self, their country loved, And mercy more than life, I’m singing about United This America,sweet America, may God thy gold refine, Till all success be nobleness And every gain devined.

Have a great Saturday.