Our National Anthem

It’s ours.  It belongs to all of us.  It’s our heritage, our birthright, our privilege to sing and our privilege to feel all warm and fuzzy when we do.

It’s not yours.  It’s not mine.  It’s ours.  If you are chosen to sing the national anthem before a crowd anywhere, keep in mind that you have only been given a microphone.

You have not been given the national anthem.  That is still ours.

The only reason you have a microphone in your hand is because someone, somehow thought that it would be nice to follow your leadership in singing the song.  Your job is to sing it in such a way that the people in the crowd can sing with you.

We already presume that you’re a good singer by virtue of the fact that you’re holding the microphone.  You don’t have to prove it.  In fact, the harder you work to prove it, the more I suspect that something’s amiss.

The question is, are you a good leader?  Can you sing a song in such a way that makes me want to sing with you?

Performance is one thing.  Leading people to sing a song is another thing altogether.


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