Hope this summer finds you doing well in all your endeavors. Prior to this Fourth of July, I am reintroducing a song that I released some years ago with an updated music video. The song is “Earth Anthem,” a new verse written by me, sung to the melody of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The original melody of our National Anthem comes from an old English drinking song that was sung in taverns throughout colonial America. In 1798, Thomas Paine had written patriotic words to that melody. Years later, Francis Scott Key wrote his poetic description of the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, which included the Star Spangled Banner verse, penned to that same melody. So I am following in the footsteps of an American folk tradition. Please see the link to “History of Earth Anthem Verse” for further historical information.
Now is the time – when the world continues to be engulfed in wars including the longest war in American history (Iraq/Afghanistan – 13 years) – to stop celebrating and affirming “bombs bursting in air,” but rather affirm a sustainable, peaceful future that works for everyone on our beautiful planet.
Enjoy the video and please pass it along to all you feel would like to see it. If you wish to order the Earth Anthem poster or CD, please see my website www.stephenfiskemusic.com. Have a wonderful, peaceful, fulfilling and enjoyable summer.
~ Stephen Longfellow Fiske