Wednesday, July 4, 2012

America the...

So, I don't know who agrees or doesn't, but I think America the Beautiful is better suited for our national anthem.  What would other countries think of a country whose anthem is about a war?  Actually, now that I think about it, a lot of countries have anthems about war.  But the majority of our country's people can't even sing the entire thing easily.  The average range of the human voice is about 2 octaves, and I'm pretty sure the Star-Spangled Banner is about 3.  America the Beautiful is a wonderful song about how lovely our country really is, and it was made after our country was fairly complete.  I know it's a little late to change an anthem, but it just seems best...


  1. When I was in grade school (back when "America the Beautiful" was still on the pop charts), we used to sing songs in class. Usually after saying the pledge in the morning, we'd sing at least one or two patriotic selections. I remember quite a few--the Star Spangled Banner being the most difficult to get through--and I also remember having "music" one afternoon a week and singing lots of songs (like folksongs and regional music) from our trusty music books. It was fun; and I agree with your choice for our national anthem. And I vote for classroom singing!

  2. Then there's always that great line from "God Bless America" that we would regularly screw up: "Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from a bulb."