Saturday, August 25, 2012

"Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"--Francis Scott Key

In music class, we have been learning about the history behind the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. It was quite the battle that Francis Scott Key witnessed in September of 1814! It was dark, he could only watch the battle from afar...wondering, searching with each canon explosion for a glimpse of the flag so dear. Would our troops be victorious? Was the flag still there? And then, dawn -- and the flag was still flying! The pride and joy he felt in that glorious moment of knowing that Old Glory survived was his inspiration for the writing of the verses of what is now our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Many performance of the Star-Spangled Banner can be found, of course. Here is one for you to watch and enjoy!