Everyone Sang

Back to the partisan stuff — Alex Ross’s outstanding blog, The Rest Is Noise, has embedded video of post-election celebrants singing The Star-Spangled Banner in Washington Square, and links to YouTube posts of spontaneous T S-S B outbursts in places like Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Madison. Take that, Hank Williams, Jr.  Here’s the link. As Mr. Ross notes:

Two obvious conclusions: 1) contra Palin, the entire country is “pro America”; 2) increased support for music education would be nice.

Also — snobby, elitist bonus points for those who get the allusion in the title of this post.

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4 Responses to Everyone Sang

  1. lbsmom says:

    Speaking of music—check out this video of “swing” music for “swing” voters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJW67YfLWgs&eurl=http://obamausa.com/2008/10/06/for-swing-voters-2.aspx

  2. laurabethnielsen says:

    I guess I am not elitist or snobby — I don’t get it.

  3. vickywoeste says:

    I do not know the reference, either.

  4. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    “Everyone Sang” is a [very well-known, as these things go] poem by the English poet Sigfried Sassoon, who served in the trenches as an officer in the British army in World War I. It was written in celebration of the Armistice that ended the war on November 11, 1918. For those who are interested, you can read a bio, and hear Sassoon himself recite, at this site:

    http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoem.do?poemId=7098

    Everyone Sang

    Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
    And I was filled with such delight
    As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
    Winging wildly across the white
    Orchards and dark-green fields; on–on–and out of sight.

    Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
    And beauty came like the setting sun:
    My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
    Drifted away . . . O, but Everyone
    Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

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