Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Battle Hymn of the Republic with full orchestra is one of my faves. Another is God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. Stars and Stripes Forever is a personal favorite as I got to play the piccolo part in the second and third refrains of the final verse my senior year in high school....and it is not as hard as it sounds!
Carnival Breeze with Ray B and Aerogirl 5/4/14!
I, of course, LOVE our National Anthem when sung STRAIGHT, without all the flourishes, and falsetto that so many of todays singers seem to think it requires. I also LOVE "God Bless the U.S.A.", but absolutely can't sing it, because I get chocked up. The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I were sailing the week after 9/11, and the entertainer aboard, (Mark Preston) sang "God Bless the U.S.A." on that cruise. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. It was absolutely beautiful, and I'll never forget that performance. Mark was, is, and will always be one of my favorite singers.
Sky, I was on the Carnival Liberty in 2010 and boarded on Sept 10th. Formal night production was the one about the cities of the world, I am sure you have seen it. Of course it ended with the USA. Everyone stood and cheered for that. Not a dry eye that evening either. Considering the date it was so apropriate. I was also pleased to see a huge American Flag hanging in the atrium as I boarded.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“