Renowned composer and director, John Williams will unveil a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” – the national anthem of the United States of America.
Tonight, during “The Capitol Fourth” celebration, Mr. Williams will direct the talents of the National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and Joint Armed Forces Chorus while they perform his new version of Francis Scott Key’s song.
This marks the 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
For those not in Washington D.C. this evening, you can watch the celebration on PBS beginning at 8pm Eastern Time.
This is one of the most beautiful videos I have ever seen! This man is not an American, he is from Jamaica! The respect he shows to our National Anthem is truly breathtaking! Many people in our country could take a lesson from Usain Bolt! He is a true class act!
The meat dress she infamously wore to the MTV Music Awards a few years back is far less rancid than some of the reprehensible things that have come out of pop star Lady Gaga’s mouth. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise the anything-for-attention media darling would have no qualms about replacing key phrases in our National Anthem to create an alignment with her own skewed philosophy.
That is exactly what she did during an appalling rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner to begin a gay pride gathering in New York City recently. Not only did she change the words — and meaning — of the anthem just days before Independence Day, she held firmly to a rainbow flag all the while. Apparently making a reference to the recognizable symbol of homosexual culture, Gaga’s performance swapped “flag of pride” for “banner” in the song’s penultimate line. The most egregious edit came at the very end, though, when she described her vision of America: “O’re the land of the free,” she continued, “and the home for the gay?”
Homosexual activists have rightly been very celebratory in light of recent Supreme Court decisions in their favor. Though I wholeheartedly disagree with the redefinition of marriage, I understand much of this nation is on board with these changes and have an absolute right to speak out in their defense. When one of the cause’s most prominent voices rewrites the National Anthem to uphold a position many find immoral, though, it is incumbent on the rest of us to hold her accountable.
There is no question many in the movement do not want mere equality for gays — which they have had all along — but superiority. Gaga’s irresponsible performance proved just that by admitting she sees a “home for the gay” at the apparent exclusion of everyone else. Should any other group — especially one heavily populated by either whites or Christians — dare use patriotic sentiment to champion a separatist cause, its members would be mercilessly and justifiably chastised. When the otherwise unpardonable act is perpetrated on behalf of the influential homosexual lobby, however, one struggles to hear even the hint of disapproval from major media.
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The National Anthem is part of our sports heritage traditionally played at public sports events. But youth hockey players in Pennsylvania were told recently that the National Anthem intrudes too much into their game schedule and teams should take the anthem out.
“The National Anthem should not be played only because of time constrains,” said Ed Sam, PA Interscholastic Hockey League Commissioner. “It’s not that we’re not patriotic, that’s the furthest from the truth.” Hockey teams are not prohibited from playing the National Anthem before games, just discouraged.
At $300 plus per hour on the ice, the PIHL says it’s about the money. But backlash from residents and families has been fierce causing the league to rethink their decision.
The band well-known for their stalwart support of our military men and women has knocked another one out of the park. Here is Madison Rising’s Memorial Day tribute – a video and musical salute to our troops. Remember on Memorial Day.
We’ve all gotten them. Some of us get them every day. Some of us are the culprits of sending them. The forwarded emails.
There are many beautiful stories and quotes passed around the internet that have truly touched my heart over the years. Many of these stories I have received more times than I can recall. There are many silly forwarded emails, some funny forwarded emails, quite a few thought provoking emails, and the occasional quite annoying forwarded emails. The ones I hate the most are the “chain letter” type that says if I truly love Jesus I will forward the email to 12 of my friends, and if I don’t forward the email then I am denying Christ. I believe that it takes a lot more to deny Christ than not forwarding an email. But that’s just me.
However, there are the rare forwarded emails that I have actually never seen that touch my heart to the very core of my being. This is the case when I received a forwarded video a couple of months ago.
When I opened up the video link in the email I heard the most beautiful voice singing “The Star Spangled Banner”. It was actually an audition to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the Houston Astros game. The voice stopped me in my tracks. Her voice was astounding, bringing up deep emotions inside of me as I heard the lyrics of the sacred anthem of One Nation Under God.
The voice I heard that day belonged to a 15-year-old Texas native, Mary Sarah. I was so moved by it that I became a culprit, and forwarded it to many of my friends, insisting that they had to listen to this young lady’s voice! And then I went searching to find her on my favorite social network, Twitter.
If you have not heard of Mary Sarah, you are missing out on an angelic voice! At just 15-years-old, I have no doubt Mary Sarah will be taking the country music world by storm!
Mary Sarah is no stranger to the music scene. At the age of 8-years-old she was singing in church. She has performed on many country radio stations; she has performed at many charity events; she has performed at many Opry Theaters around the state of Texas; she has received national recognition and awards for her songwriting talent; and, to top off all of these accomplishments, she has shared the stage with names such as the legendary Oak Ridge Boys.
By the age of 12 Mary Sarah was touring the country as a lead vocalist and dancer in Kidz Bop, a Razor & Tie Records and Vee Corporation production, produced by Michael Anderson in Los Angeles. The production has resulted in 7 Gold albums with “kid friendly” covers of hit songs.
She has performed to audiences of 4-6,000 kids at a time, which has helped develop her stage performances, as well as helped her to gain national and global recognition.
After completing the Kidz Bop tour, Mary Sarah returned home to Texas where she continues to perform at various events.
Music is not all that defines Mary Sarah. She is a young lady who has a strong faith, loves her family, and has a passion to work with various charities. The charity that is most dear to her heart is The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Mary Sarah’s brother, Chris, has Juvenile Diabetes. This past fall she performed the National Anthem at the opening of The Walk to Cure Diabetes in Houston. In an interview at the event, she told the Houston Post, “I want to be a voice for those who need one.” This quote has given me a higher respect for Mary Sarah than even her beautiful voice. It strikes a common thread for me, personally, because I too want to be the “voice for the voiceless”.
If you are in the Houston area, you may want to see if “OPRY on the Square- Country Now and Then” is playing in the Sugarland Square. Mary Sarah will be hosting 4 shows during the 2011 season. If you like country music, this is a little Texas lady you do not want to miss out on hearing and seeing!
I have absolutely no doubt that Mary Sarah is going to have a successful career in the music business. Her love for traditional and modern country music, along with having the opportunity to write with such greats as Nashville songwriters, Tony Mary and Karen Staley, are sure to assure her a strong foundation for a successful career.
Mary Sarah’s audition video that I originally saw paid off! She sang the National Anthem on opening day for the Houston Astros on April 10, 2011!
To paraphrase the National Anthem, which Mary Sarah so proudly and beautifully sings, I proudly hail Mary Sarah! If you are a country music fan I am just about willing to bet you will be a Mary Sarah fan!
Obama received criticism for no-longer wearing the U.S. flag pen on his lapel. In response, the President went of on this rant:
As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides,” Obama said. “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.’ If that were our anthem, then I might salute it.
So something like giving the world a Coke would be cool, but Francis Scott Key’s rememberence of the struggle that created this country is an issue. Well, try this one on for size Captain Kick-ass:
According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171, During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
Obama, you’re no hero and your continued denigration of those that helped to create and defend this great nation remind us of why we will be spending every waking moment defeating you, your ilk, your hatred of the American way of life. Be gone Satan, be gone.