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Between The Fourth Of July And Labor Day

Dana McKenna | Posted 07.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dana McKenna

After all, it does cover an octave and one fifth -- not typically in anyone's regular range unless they sing often; and although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. These words, however, are known to virtually every American older than a second-grader:

Woman Slays Singing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ At Lincoln Memorial

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.28.2016 | Good News

Tourists at the Lincoln Memorial were treated to a major performance. A video of a tourist killing it with an impromptu rendition of the national anth...

T-Pain Singing Without Auto-Tune Is Surprisingly Wonderful

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment

T-Pain, rapper best known for his excessive use of auto-tune and spending life on a boat, shocked us all this week when he proved he could actually si...

And the Banner Yet Waves

Stampp Corbin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Black Voices
Stampp Corbin

The flag was not ripped down, it was ceremoniously lowered, furled and taken to a museum of Confederate relics. The ceremony itself was the final insult to every African American in the United States. There was no shame displayed as the flag was taken down, simply honor.

Let's Stop Using the National Anthem at Sporting Events

Alan Colmes | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Alan Colmes

Jamie Foxx is being heavily criticized for his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Saturday night's fight. How about stopping this false display of patriotism altogether? What does two people beating the bejesus out of each other have to do with "the rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air"?

Blind Teen With Cerebral Palsy Sings Show-Stopping National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.08.2015 | Teen

Marlana VanHoose, who has cerebral palsy and was born blind, can sing like a Grammy Award-winning superstar. The 18-year-old, from Denver, Kentucky...

Two-Year-Old Sings Hilariously Adorable Rendition Of The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.27.2015 | Good News

Few celebrities have a stage presence as commanding as Trent Harris. Trent is only 2 years old, and though he fumbled a bit with both the lyrics an...

Canadian Hockey Fans Rescue U.S. National Anthem, Prove They're The Nicest

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Sports

A stadium-full of Canadian fans showed some real neighborly sportsmanship this week when they raised their voices in unison to finish the U.S. nationa...

Proof That Nobody Knows The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Comedy

This past weekend marked the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," so Jimmy Kimmel had his cameras hit the streets to see how many people a...

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

FLASHBACK: Marvin Gaye Delivers Iconic Anthem At 1983 NBA All-Star Game

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports

There will never be another Marvin Gaye. There is only one "The Star-Spangled Banner." When these two American originals crossed paths, the result was...

I'll Take You to the Moon and Back

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Let's talk about another prominent American hero who had a love for God... Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. July 21, 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. Aldrin did something very special when he and Armstrong landed the lunar module on the moon.

The Star Spangled Banner Actually Says That?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

I often have people tell me that those involved in the early history of our country were not followers of the Christian faith. If I had more time I w...

Daily Meditation: Independence

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Sonic Story: Putting Together the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 09.01.2014 | New York
Shoshana Greenberg

Friday night, my voice will be part of the chorus as the 38th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks erupt over New York City's East River and Brooklyn Bridge.

10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker & Todd Van Luling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Just in case you want to be *that* person.

Neymar's Quest, Müller's Blunderbuss, Oranje Power, Mercurial Messi, Yankee Doodle Dempsey... and, 'The Powerful Play Goes On'

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The soccer gods must be smiling down on World Cup 2014, with bright, sparkling contests, a cascade of wicked goals, and a dash of controversy.

WATCH: The Star-Spangled Banner In A Minor Sounds Oddly Sad

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment

Singer Chase Holfelder decided to put a different spin on the classic "Star-Spangled Banner" by singing it in an A-minor key. The result has a hau...

Baltimore, MD: 10 Patriotic And Peculiar Places You Probably Missed On Your First Visit

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Here are 10 quirky, unsung places in Baltimore you may have missed on your first visit.

The Plan For A 'New' Old Glory

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.03.2013 | Small Business

If the Maryland Historical Society has its way, the nation will soon have a new "Old Glory." The group and a small army of other volunteers have te...

WATCH: If This Doesn't Put You In The Holiday Mood, Nothing Will

Posted 07.01.2013 | Good News

It's time to get in the Independence Day mood! That means barbecues, fireworks and, of course, the Star Spangled Banner. The latter might not be t...

Flag Day 2013 and the Star Spangled Banner: Manuscript and Author to be Reunited in Frederick, MD

Kate Kelly | Posted 06.12.2013 | Travel
Kate Kelly

On Flag Day (June 14), the townspeople of Frederick, Maryland will host a big celebration to kick off the year leading up to the 200th anniversary of the composition of The Star Spangled Banner.

The State of the State (Song) of the Golden State

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

If you've heard "I Love You California" at all, chances are it's from a Jeep commercial. Has the moment arrived to dream up a more up-to-date theme?

Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Toni Nagy

Forcing an apology out of Ross does not address the pandemic of misogyny. This message of party culture and women as sexual objects is constantly perpetuated by the music business.

The Reluctant Irishman: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Me

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

This Saint Patrick's Day, on a holiday when everybody becomes Irish without worrying about the burdens, joys, and costs of being Irish in history, let's remember America's great Irish writer, Scott Fitzgerald.