I heard the recent controversy about the National Football League’s decision to play the “Black National Anthem” before the traditional Anthem at the opening game this season. I thought it’s about time for the traditional and alternative anthems to meet and rub elbows a bit. In honor of oh so many things these days, here’s an attempt at a New-America National Anthem.
Compositions used in the making of this mashup are:
“United States of America National Anthem” (Instrumental), aka “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
Poem by Francis Scott Key (1814), set to the music “To Anacreon in Heaven”, by John Stafford Smith (1805).
Recording used: youtu.be/w5x_9KEogM8
“Lift Every Voice and Sing”, aka “The Black National Anthem”.
Poem by James Weldon Johnson (1900) and set to music by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson (1905):
Committed – youtu.be/ngFDy52eCZY
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School – youtu.be/FlvHj9w3ZTI