I have recently found myself feeling very patriotic. I’m not sure if it’s being away from my home country, America, or the events happening there that make me feel so deeply passionate. There’s a song that strikes my heart hard. That song is “America, the Beautiful,” originally written by Katharine Lee Bates and performed by Samuel A. Ward, a choirmaster, at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark. If you scan the ever-knowing internet, you will stumble upon many renditions. My favorite is, if searched onYoutube.com is “America The Beautiful-The Soul Children Of Chicago.” You can feel the texture of the choir children as they pronounce each lyric. It emphasis’s the title, beautiful.
What truly attracts me to the polyphonic sound is the meaning behind the song in collaboration with the Soul genre. The song speaks to the American history and defines our nation as the patriots we are. More recently, I believe the song has the ability to bind each one of us. With what is going on not only in Chicago with mass shootings every month, but around the United States, in reference to cop killings and media involvement, I have a firm belief that “America, the Beautiful” if blasted from all rooftops would bring everyone to a halt. A moment of silence is needed to put everything and everyone in perspective. We are all Americans. We are called a melting pot for one reason. We are all equal. I’m calling for a moment of silence. Join if you truly believe being American means something deeper than location.
link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8lnLwjVFs