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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Musical Interlude For Independence Day (And The Weekend)

Our Founders and others living during the first days of our republic would have been familiar with these tunes:

Please crank up your volume to listen to the following version of our National Anthem (hat tip to Conservative Perspective):


The Declaration of Independence:

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton


  1. Those children were remarkable! Dare we think they may all end up being conservatives?, or at least actually LOVE their/our country.

  2. Have a great day aow, hope you are feeling better. Best wishes to mr. Aow.

  3. The words of Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939:

    “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”


    Gehrig knew he was very sick when he stood before the microphones at Yankee Stadium on Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day (July 4, 1939) between the first and second games of a doubleheader. Surrounded by his former Yankees teammates, including Babe Ruth, Gehrig received presents and good wishes.

    When it came time for Gehrig to speak, the quiet first baseman shook his head. But the more than 60,000 fans chanted “We want Lou. We want Lou.”

    So Gehrig — a dying man — told the crowd he was “lucky.” He was lucky because of all the good people in his life. His wife and family. His teammates. The Yankees’ owner and managers. The fans. Gehrig even remembered the groundskeepers and other folks who worked at Yankee Stadium.

    He concluded by saying, “I may have had a bad break, but I have a lot to live for.”

    Lou Gehrig died June 2, 1941. But he is still known as the Luckiest Man....

  4. Fox has some girl scouts on singing this morning, they are fantastic too.

    Have a great Independence Day AOW

    Right Truth

  5. Happy 4th AOW, to both you and the Mr.

  6. I really enjoyed the music for home and tavern from the eighteenth century. Thank you for finding it, and sharing it with us, AOW. There was an honest simplicity, clean-lined elegance, and vibrant energy in the music from this period. Even in its simplest, most accessible forms I can hear what undoubtedly must have inspired Haydn and Mozart to write their more complex symphonies, concertos, sonatas, and chamber music -- much of which is derived from folk music popular in their time.

    Was the accompaniment in the last two selections performed on a hammered dulcimer or zither of some sort. I could tell it was neither a harpsichord or a piano, but wasn't sure what it was. Possibly a CLAVICHORD? Since I'm supposed to be a Music Scholar, I'd really love to know. ;-)

    Thanks too for The Texas Children's Choir and their sweet, pure -- almost ethereal -- arrangement of our national anthem so beautifully performed. It is reassuring to learn that work of such innately fine quality is still being done with with at least some of our children.


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  8. hey AOW! HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!! HUGZZZZzz!..xoxox

  9. Just checking in to see if you fascist hypocrites still suck.


  10. Ugh: "American Flags Ripped Down Day Before Turlock Fourth Of July Parade" [in Sacramento].

  11. Ya think ANONYMOUS ripped down the flags?
    By the way, is it 'fascist' to love our country, hear her song, and celebrate on the Fourth? I guess so!

    I honestly don't feel much like it today;as my post indicated. I've NEVER done a Fourth post where I didn't post all kinds of happy American things and pictures of fireworks...when I wrote today's, I didn't feel it AT ALL. So, it's more a Memorial Day post. I only mention this here because I'm almost envious of those who still have a lot of hope in our country!
    Odd feeling. Particularly for me.

    thanks for the marvelous old tunes and the AMAZING children's choir; what a fabulous director they have! I, too, hope that those children will grow up loving America; at least that's thirty kids, right? :-) Out of 300 million? !!

  12. "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

    ~ Matthew 17:20 KJV Cambridge

    A homelier, less pious way of putting it might be:

    Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole. ;-)


    To ALL who've stopped by!

  13. Happy Independence Day to you and Mr. AOW!

  14. Happy Independence Day to you and Mr. AOW.

  15. So glad that classical singing techniques are still being taught!!

    Excellent teacher-excellent students!!

    Take Care Of Yourself and that eye-OK!


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