Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

Today we remember the men (far fewer women; it's history) who risked their lives and gave them in war to protect our nation. The National Anthem Project is promoting knowing our national anthem - the Star Spangled Banner. They have a traveling road show. It's not just a display, it's active participation, sponsored by The National Association for Music Education. This weekend at Seattle's Northwest Folk Life Festival the National Anthem Project has risers set up and microphones for performaers. So everyone is invited - to sing the Star Spangled Banner a capella! Of course they provide the words. It sure is a nice change from Seattle's leftist politics. We paid a short visit to the "display" and saw two performances: a 50-ish woman who sang pretty well, but was making up the words. She was quickly rescued by a Project person providing a word sheet. Then two Seattle boys, ages 6 and 7, sang it pretty well. One carried the load; they started too high - it has a very wide range - but he managed to carry it through, clear up to high C or whatever. It was great to see people involved. Note that the flag image is Jeeps! Jeep is a National Anthem sponsor. Sorry I couldn't find a larger image.

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