Before the 1980 Act of Parliament
which made O Canada
the national anthem of Canada, the anthem was functionally God Save the Queen
, but there was another patriotic song which served as the unofficial anthem: The Maple Leaf Forever
. The song was written
by poet Alexander Muir
in October of 1867 to celebrate the confederation of Canada in July of that year and was famously inspired by a silver maple which stood in his front yard
on Laing St in Toronto. Last night's storms brought the tree down
, after a century and a half. [more inside]
It's a damn tough song to sing, that one we often hear on July 4th, but that didn't stop 'em from designating Francis Scott Key's clunky and tortuous little tune
as the US national anthem. People have struggled with it ever since. There was one guy, though, who, back in 1969, performed a soaring, acid-drenched, whammy-barred and noise-punctuated version of it that still stands as one of the most daringly adventurous and poignant moments in American musical history: Mr Jimi Hendrix and his amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner
Every Word Handwritten
is a new short film by New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem
centered around the lifespan of a single vinyl record. It's title comes from a line in Handwritten
, a song off their album of the same name. The Gaslight Anthem have long written about the power of old music formats, from their proclamation that they're the 'last of the jukebox Romeos
' on their first album to their many invocations of the mythical 'radio' on songs like Angry Johnny and the Radio
and Queen Of Lower Chelsea
, another song from Handwritten.
Of the final scene in The Deer Hunter
, Ebert wrote: I won't tell you how it arrives at that particular moment (the unfolding of the final passages should occur to you as events in life) but I do want to observe that the lyrics of "God Bless America" have never before seemed to me to contain such an infinity of possible meanings, some tragic, some unspeakably sad, some few still defiantly hopeful
The song was first written in 1918
, and 20 years later it was introduced by Kate Smith
as a patriotic “Peace Song”.
Here’s some trivia about the Deer Hunter
, and a bio of the amazing Irving Berlin
As young as 18, I'd already written the application to join the party, but I was too embarrassed to turn it in to the party branch. I've studiously read the party constitution countless times - always felt I wasn't worthy of the party's requirements. ♫ Applying to Join the Chinese Communist Party : a music video (w/ English subtitles)
If you were watching the Orioles-A's game from Camden Yards tonight, you saw a guy playing the National Anthem on an electric violin made out of a baseball bat. This is how that looks and sounds
. This is the guy talking about and showing off his Louisville Slugger violin
. And this is the Washington Post profile
of Glenn Donnellan, a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the maker and player of the world's only electric baseball bat violin.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, we're all tired, things have been hard here in the States, hard for years and years and years. Perhaps we could use a new (but not really) anthem
to bring some spirit back.
Montreal-born actor William Shatner, 80, sings the National Anthem of Canada
to show his appreciation for getting
a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada's Governor General
, the greatest honour
given to artists in the country (and yeah, in fact it comes with some cash).
The funny thing about the National Anthem of the Soviet Union
is that through the sixty-so years of its existence the lyrics were written all by one man. [more inside]
Happy Bastille Day
Why not celebrate with a few stirring renditions of France's first national anthem
? You can get your La Marseillaise traditional
, By Edith Piaf
, by Django Reinheart and Stephane Grappelli
, in a classic movie
, in 1907
, by a F1 Renault
, all punked out,
or as a Reggae
(a performance of which lead to bomb threats, causing Serge to take the stage and sing it alone
Church, state, basketball and Mennonites.
For the first time in 116 years, Goshen College
, a small Mennonite school in Indiana, will play an instrumental version of the Star-Spangled Banner before college sporting events. As a college in a "peace church
" tradition, this decision has not come without controversy
. [more inside]
She did it again.
The Orlando Magic took no chances as they extended their undefeated record at home in the playoffs. The Magic remain undefeated when Gina Marie Incandela
sings the national anthem
(YT). Since first singing the national anthem for them in February, the team has won every game she sings at. Five years ago she was diagnosed with PDD-NOS autism
and she now is a poster child for early intervention
(YT). Not to get in a rut singing only the national anthem
, Gina has released a CD single
Something awful in a new CBC anthem.
The CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is one of the highest-rated programs on Canadian television. It's something of a national shrine to our beloved sport. For the past 40-odd years, it's had a distinctive theme which most Canadians could hum. After something of a fiasco
, the CBC lost the rights to the theme. They're running a contest to replace the venerated theme. A Something Awful forum
user composed a truly dreadful entry
("mostly comprised of cat and sheep sounds, baby cries, and gunshots/explosions"), and got the community to 'vote it up' on the Anthem contest site. You really need to hear the awfulness to truly appreciate it. [more inside]
! Swiss national broadcaster SRG turned back time on Monday when, while broadcasting an Austria/Germany soccer match, it offered subtitles accompanying Germany's national anthem that mistakenly included the "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" lyrics, a verse popular under Nazi rule but ignored since the fall of the Third Reich. The melody, Das Deutschlandlied
, comes courtesy of Joseph Haydn, who penned the ditty in 1797. [more inside]
What happened to sportsmanlike behaviour in hockey?
Islander fans booed the Canadian national anthem hours after a memorial service for the Canuck soldiers who died at American hands. Fine, whatever, that type of behaviour is expected. They also harrassed Toronto fans in the parking lot outside the rink, including stealing their flags and setting the Maple Leaf ablaze. Now if this was Canadians burning the American
Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Gap....
If ever there was a candidate for being sued this site would be it... with a three-minute music video setting logos, brand names and glossy corporate imagery against adbusting in-jokes and shots of police brutality. Anti-capitalist anthem or the ultimate in product placement? And how long until the site's namesakes get it pulled off the Web?
Overwhelming majority favors keeping "Star Spangled Banner".
Not fresh (1998 poll) but the topic has come up here several times recently. (more inside)