I vividly remember the scenes play out in my head as my elementary school teacher was teaching us about the history behind the National Anthem. The scenes of my imagination watched Francis Scott Key witness a terrible battle in 1812 and as he witnesses, putting pen to paper and writing a beautiful poem that we now know as the National Anthem of the United State of America. Of course my imagination was pretty literal. I imagined him laying on his back in a boat, hiding, floating out to sea with a pen and pad writing the star spangled banner as he watched bombs burst in the air. I really do remember this day dream like it was yesterday.
We all have those moments in life that we remember for whatever reason. Sometimes it had such a large impact on us, it is impossible to forget. Sometimes, we remember due to embarrassment, although we wish it was easier to block out those moments. And sometimes we remember things and we aren’t really sure why. I think I know why I remember this day dream. It’s a day dream about one of my favorite songs.
I know it may sound weird, maybe even cliche a bit, to say that the National Anthem is one of my favorite songs, but it really is. It is a song that literally stops me in my tracks whenever I hear it. I immediately stop what I am doing and listen to the beautiful words. I enjoy the couple of moments where everyone is quiet and doing the same thing… listening. It brings chills to my spine when a huge stadium gets quiet and all you hear are the words bouncing off the walls and your neighbor butchering the notes. (o:
The song means freedom and independence. It means honor and pride. It means home. There is nothing more American than standing among strangers, listening to the same song and singing the same words. Together. I love the song being sung at the beginning of the Super Bowl. Love it at the start of a baseball game. It never gets old.