I learned something new last night that kind of blew my mind!
I’m sort of hesitantly sharing this, because I’m not exactly sure if this SHOULD be new information to me…..I kind of wonder if this is one of those things that everybody else already knew, but I sort of somehow missed the memo??
Last night while Asher was at swim dryland, I decided to sit down with Ethan for a practice session on the piano. I wish I did this more often but I just haven’t been good about making time for this lately.
Anyway, on his assignment list was to “listen to two different versions of the song “America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee” on You Tube in preparation for starting this piece. Our piano teacher’s very talented percussionist daughter is also writing an accompaniment for Asher to play along on his snare drum, so hopefully come the 4th of July we can have a nice little patriotic concert.
So, we pulled up the song- we randomly ended up with one version from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and for some variety, we picked Kelly Clarkson’s version from President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration ceremony as the other. Both very nice.
I would assume most people that live in the U.S. would know this song, but in case you don’t, here is a video link (if reading in email, you need to click through to the site to see videos!):
Well, as we were puttering around on You Tube, we discovered that England’s national and royal anthem, “God Save the Queen”, is the exact same tune!! And, that “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was actually apparently the United States’ unofficial national anthem until the “Star Spangled Banner” was adopted in 1931.
Well, how about that! I had absolutely no idea about that. I now realize that obviously the “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was based on the tune of “God Save the Queen” which would have come first, but I just never knew that. Somehow I have lived 36 years in this world and apparently have never actually heard England’s national anthem, either!
We found this nice rendition with beautiful views of St. Paul’s in London in 2012, featuring the Queen. Worth a watch! So pretty!!
This all led us to also watching Canada’s national anthem, since Ethan was curious (I HAD heard this one for sure) and also Mexico’s. Embarrassingly, I also really didn’t know Mexico’s anthem very well, despite being married to a Mexican citizen for almost 13 years now and having traveled to Mexico countless times! I know I’ve heard bits and pieces before but never the whole thing. Very pretty! Also, very peppy! I would expect nothing less from Mexico. 😊
It’s here if you want to listen:
So there you have it! My “I learned something new” moment of the day. It was a nice little time with Ethan, too, just the two of us tinkering around online together.
On a side note, as we watched the videos of the anthems (which all managed to give me chills- I guess I’m just a sucker for anything patriotic and moving videos), it got me thinking about how interesting and sort of odd it must be for Ivan to stand and sing along to “The Star Spangled Banner”.
I mean, he is a U.S. citizen now and has lived here a long time now. But still, as I was listening to the Mexican anthem, I thought, “It would feel REALLY strange to be standing and saluting a different flag and nation!” Not bad or wrong, but it would probably just feel kind of funny if you were born and raised in another country!
He’s never really said anything about it, and being the pretty laid back guy he is, I doubt he really even thinks about it. I’ll have to ask him. But still, it was just another deep thought for the evening.
It’s a another beautiful day out there so we are heading out on our walk soon. Today is technically my last “flex” day off of work before we get to resume full time next week! Yeah! I’ve enjoyed the days off but my pocketbook likes the full time pay better. 😊
Someone, please tell me…. was all of this common knowledge?? Haha! Did you know this about “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “God Save the Queen”??
I am grateful that I have a pretty wide, open day ahead of me! I don’t have any big plans, I don’t need to drive the boys anywhere…I’m looking forward to just getting some stuff done and enjoying some time with the kids.