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.
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.
Have a great Saturday.