To Blog or Not To Blog.
I recently added the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, to my web site, the music only, played on my synthesizer. The words of this song were composed by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. The occasion was the siege of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor by the British. Francis Scott Key was a prisoner on a British ship and observed the bombardment of the fort throughout the night. The words to the song are patriotic and inspiring, a fitting tribute to the American nation.
But the music has given trouble over the years. It is near impossible for a ball-park diva to follow the music, the high notes and the low notes, of the song with the words. Thus there has been a continuous protest that the anthem should be changed to something easier for sane and sober soloists.
Now I have an ancestor who fought in the War of 1812. And I was tempted to blog about our national anthem on the page devoted to this ancestor. Should I blog or not blog on my ancestors page?
I decided to not blog on the page of the veteran, but rather to blog about the anthem on my blog page. So here goes:
The answer is simple. The music to which the words are set is an old English drinking song. So, if you want to sing our national anthem, all you need do is get drunk at a ball game. Then it will be easy for you, an insane and unsober soloist, to sing our National Anthem correctly.