Patriotic songs! These not only are important historical anthems, but also hold memories and feelings for individuals who have served this country. When I was working with older adults, the individuals at the facility had such a deep sense of patriotism and love for the USA. It was especially apparent through their song choices, enthusiasm, and respect when singing or engaging in this genre of music. Not only were individuals able to express themselves through the music, but we were also able to work on other goals such as motor movement when playing instruments to these songs, socialization when coming together with a group, and reminiscing about why these songs hold such importance to the individuals in the facility to create a sense of community, trust, and continuing to build relationships.
The most frequently requested and talked about songs were America the Beautiful, Take Me Home Country Roads, America, The Star Spangled Banner, and This Land is Your Land.
It seems like we hear these songs all the time, but don’t ever take the time to really understand and appreciate what the lyrics are really saying, and those lyrics say a lot about the people who have strong and deep relationships with them. Let’s take a look.
America The Beautiful
The lyrics of this song were inspired while the author was at the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. I recently had the opportunity to visit Pike’s Peak and at the top there was a plaque talking about this song and the thoughts behind the lyrics. Each lyrical phrase is from something the author saw or experienced while at the top and when standing there myself, I could really see what she saw through her lyrics.
“O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain
America, America, God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea”
Now think of why this piece might be meaningful to veterans or people who have fought to keep us free. These words describe the lands and people that the veterans were out to protect. All of us in the USA, from sea to shining sea. Protecting the land and all who inhabit it.
Star Spangled Banner
Now take a look at these lyrics:
“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
Of course this song would mean so much to people who have fought for this country. Through all of the fighting and noise and lights and chaos, they knew that fighting something worth fighting for.
This 4th of July
So this 4th of July enjoy time outside, on the water, hiking, with friends and family, but also remember what is being celebrated and remember those who gave their lives so that we could live ours.
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