National Anthem Is 200 Years Old: Sing The Song as It Was Written!

  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the momentous occasion when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem entitled “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that would eventually be put to music and become the fledgling United States of America’s National Anthem, better known as the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I have often waxed philosophically in this blog about how important music is to us all; how a song from years ago continues to delve up memories each time we hear it.  The Star-Spangled …


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6 comments on “National Anthem Is 200 Years Old: Sing The Song as It Was Written!

  1. Jim Bowman on said:

    Randy – well put, and I couldn’t agree more. I cringe every time I hear someone add their “song stylings” when they perform it. It is our National Anthem, so be proud to sing it as it was written.

  2. Bonnie Ecker on said:

    You left out “the rest of the story.” Where can we hear the song as it was “originally” written, to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven?”

    • Randy on said:

      Hi Bonnie: I found it on ITunes, believe it or not. Same tune as the National Anthem, different words. It is on an album called “A portrait of George Washington in Music.”

  3. One of my pet peeves – Don’t these egomaniac performers realize that it is supposed to be a sing-along?

    • Randy on said:

      Good point Amy, it is indeed a sing-a-long and now that you mention it that is really disturbing when you want to sing along but they make it so stylized that you can’t even recognize let alone follow the tune.

  4. Ron K on said:

    Sing all the verses, especially the last.

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