"Grab Your Audience's
Attention From The Very First Note!"
I'll bet you've been in this
situation many times --
The National Anthem starts
to play, and the person next to you sighs and starts to read the
program. The person on the other side fidgets and shifts from foot to
foot, obviously impatient for "this thing" to be over so they can
get on with the real event.
"Hold it!" you
want to shout at them. "This is our National Anthem here! This
is the tune that's supposed to symbolize our patriotism, our love for
our country! Don't you love your country? Don't you respect the flag,
don't you love the song?"
But wisely, you hold your tongue.
Why does this happen? Why
do people fidget? Why don't they pay attention to The Star Spangled
The truth is, everyone has
heard this tune so many times before, there's nothing new there for
them, especially when it's the same arrangement, the same instruments,
the same harmonies.
Quite simply, they
So how can you get around
this? How can you GRAB their attention and make them sit
up and take notice? How can you get them to let out the patriotism and
emotions you know they have in their hearts?
You do this by giving them
something new, something different, something exciting!
You do this by replacing
your old arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner with A
Have you ever read all
four verses of The Star Spangled Banner, as written by Francis
Scott Key? I mean have you ever really paid attention to them? They
are all very good, but the fourth verse in particular has a kind of
eerie applicability to our situation in the world today.
It's as if Key could
foresee all the global troubles and strife that would beset us, even
two hundred years after he penned the words.
Here's what happens in
this tune. A Patriot's Anthem
begins with a regal fanfare, then the band fades so the soloist can
...the fourth verse
That's right, in A
Patriot's Anthem, we grab the audience's attention and focus
their minds on these poignant words with a solo singer with band
accompaniment. Read again the words to that verse:
|Oh, thus be it ever when free men
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Bless'd with vic'try and peace, may this heav'n rescued land
Praise the pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause is just!
And this be our motto, "In God Is Our Trust!"
And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
These words are sung to
the "standard" tune we're all familiar with, but here's the
harmonies have been massaged to be much more appropriate to the words.
You'll hear the unmistakable musical portrayal of "war's
desolation" and "pow'r that hath made" and
"conquer we must!"
Anyone who pays attention
to the words and hears this music cannot fail to be moved to the core
of their patriotism.
After the soloist
concludes this verse, the band reprises the fanfare, while the
soloist/narrator invites the audience to stand and join in singing the
words we all know to our National Anthem.
After such an
introduction, it is not unusual to see tears running down many cheeks
during the singing of the "First" verse of the song.
If you want something new
and different, if you want to reach out and grab your audience and
shake them by their patriotism, you've got to get and play A
You'll be glad you did,
and so will your audience.
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Your audiences will
remember you playing this for a long time.