Music has the ability to stir our feelings of patriotism and national pride like nothing else. Whether it is the jaunty lilt of a Revolutionary War song or the regular beat of a Sousa march, we respond.
You probably know the story of Francis Scott Key and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner on the eve of the War of 1812, but do you know how Yankee Doodle Dandy came about? What are the stories behind other rousing favorites? An article on patriotic music in the Oxford Music Online database provides the backstories. Access it on the library’s website with your library card.
In addition, in honor of the 4th of July, take some time to listen to the following patriotic music CDs in the Media Department of the Upper Arlington Public Library:
- A Splash of Pops
- Patriotic Songs and Marches
- God Bless America: the Ultimate Patriotic Album
- Patriotic Country