Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fourth of July

When CGMan and I were poor and courting, we would take little day trips in the car. Being in the car is a great way to get to know someone. There is so much information you can gather when your only escape involves serious road rash and broken limbs  you have a captive audience. As we were driving along, we were asking each other, “What is your favorite…?” When he asked me what my favorite song was, I didn’t pause even for a second, nor did I look up from the map, “The Star Spangled Banner”. He was surprised. He said he’d never heard of that being anyone’s favorite song before. Well…then he met me.

I looked around on YouTube today, searching for a suitable video of the Star Spangled Banner to place on my blog for the 4th of July. I couldn’t find one that portrayed what I wanted, or showed how I felt. Most felt rather trite to me. I have heard the famous and not-so-famous. I have heard every one of the military bands. I have heard this song so very many times. It’s on my iPod,for crying out loud and in several different versions. Hey! You never know when you’re going to asked to lead a parade or something. One should prepared.

Because I couldn’t find a video suitable enough, I made my own. I used the Dixie Chicks from the Super Bowl. You can say what you like about the Dixie Chicks, but there isn’t a more moving, spine tingly, make you stand up straighter and prouder than their beautiful version of our National Anthem.

I give to you my homemade version of the Star Spangled Banner:

Happy 4th of July!!

* with thanks to Google Images and


  1. I think my favorite version is Whitney Houston from the Superbowl in...what was it, 1991? I just thought her voice was amazing, and it still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it.
    Happy 4th!!

  2. I love it! You made that video?? I'm impressed :) I really need some pointers.

    No wonder that man fell in love with you if “The Star Spangled Banner” is your favorite song!!!

    How truly blessed we are to live in the greatest country in the world, even with all our troubles. I'd rather be here than any where.

    I love our Flag and the GRAND~girls always look for them and try and count how many we see on the way to where ever we are going. That's one of the first things they learn from me is the Flag. Even when I'm not paying attention they shout out, "there's our Flag". The oldest could say the Pledge at 2 1/2 yrs. We are working with the youngest now, but she's been slower to talk than that first one was, but I believe it won't be long.

    Blessings for you and your's on this our Nations Independence Day.
    Safe travel mercies as you leave your sweetheart and return home!

    God Bless America!

  3. Happy 4th of July! Are you celebrating over there? Doing anything special? I KNOW you were able to get a flag. :)

  4. That was great, Dawn. God Bless America !

  5. You made the greatest video -- it gave me goosebumps.


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