As our title says, we must remember the lyrics of America the Beautiful. Especially this week. After such a dreadful 2020, it is hard to believe that this week is even worse. With COVID-19 deaths reaching record daily highs. With unemployment rates in the many millions. And the disgrace of Wednesday’s events. Like most of you, I am heartbroken about all of this.
First, check out this uplifting video, which has had 23 million views. Hopefully, it will inspire YOU!! And US(A)!
We can and must do better. Whatever our political party, gender race, ethnicity, sexual preference, age, etc. Let us agree with the sentiments shown here.
Please! We Must Remember the Lyrics of America the Beautiful
The original version of America the Beautiful uses lyrics written by Katharine Lee Bates. With the music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward. It was first performed at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey. Incredibly, the two never met. Ward’s music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910.
The lyrics and various renditions of the song may be found at Wikipedia. Along with the interesting history of America the Beautiful.
Our personal favorite version of the song is by Ray Charles. And he recorded it numerous times. Below, we highlight his rendition from the Dick Cavett show in 1972.