Friday, March 3, 2017

Star - Spangled But Unsingable

National Anthem Day
This Day in History: March 3, 1931
" . . . I am thinking how odd it is that national anthems
("Star - Spangled Banner," "O Canada,"
let alone the more stirring
"Chee - lai! Boo yuan tzo noo lee dee run men"
or the more rhythmic "Ragupat ragava rajah Rum"
can only be handled by massive choral groups,
by opera divas and gospel singers, and can't be played
by amateurs on guitar, and isn't that counter to
national purposes? . . . "
~ Leonard Orr ~
from his poem "The Loop"
in Why We Have Evening


Sheet Music From Library of Congress Archives

Further Reading:

September 13, 1814

The Story Behind the Star - Spangled Banner

Things You Might Not Know

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