Friday, April 28, 2006

Just Another Interpretation of a Glorious Song

What is the big deal? Jimi Hendrix covered it and received world acclaim. My favorite band in the whole wide world, KISS, played it in their concerts. There were no earthshaking protests about their version.

Now a Spanish version of The Star Spangled Banner is receiving a deluge of criticism around the US. Many are saying that our national anthem should be sung in English only.

Folks, it's only another of many interpretations. No one is advocating that the Spanish version should replace the original. It should be viewed as an addition to rather than a taking away from our great history. Who said American patriotism is English only?

America has been and always will be a melting pot of cultures and languages. In the 21st century, we find ourselves living in a global society and economy where many languages are spoken. Times are changing and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. We can speak many languages and still be patriotic Americans.

Listen to the Spanish version of the Star Spangled Banner here.
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