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"New Recoding (sic) of the National Anthem" was the subject of an email that a friend forwarded to me. If "recoding" was a typo, it was a serendipitous one. It's exactly what the US national anthem � and what it symbolizes � needs. The American "manifest destiny" needs to be recoded so that this great country can claim its rightful place as a part of the world, as opposed to its beleaguered, self-defeating stature of being apart from the rest of the world. It can happen, American innovation is alive and well!

Here's the aforementioned email:

Subject: New Recoding of the National Anthem
From: "John Raymond Pollard" <>;
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 21:24:07 -0700


I am pleased to announce the availability of a free download the multi-lingual recording of the Star-Spangled Banner, which I produced. It is performed by Voices United for America, an ensemble of musicians who sing in ten languages and deliver the final two lines in unison in English.

The recording was produced in response to Senate Resolution 458, which was picked up by the house as House Resolution 793. The title as stated in the Library of Congress is "A resolution affirming that statements of national unity, including the National Anthem, should be recited or sung in English." This resolution was passed by the senate by unanimous consent and without amendment. It currently sits before the House Judiciary Committee. .

The recording is available for free download at At the site, please sign the petition urging your elected representatives to reject the proposed legislation. If you want to share the music and message with others you are welcome to add the album cover graphic to your site with a link that will link to the download site.

The song will be included as part volume 118 of Next Big Hit New Music Mix podcast. (Get a free subscription to this weekly program that features 12 songs from independent artists at Also, The song is slated for broadcast on as part of the New York Live talent showcase at the Village Underground, 130 West 3rd Street (just off 6th Avenue) Tuesday night. It will be played between live music sets, probably around 9PM.

Singing the Star-Spangled Banner in ten languages, including English, Voices United for America is an ensemble of ten New York area musicians: Chris Andersson, Danny Katz, Dave Hall, John Raymond Pollard, Lydia Greenberg, Michael Gilboe, Stella Wixson, Steve Sandberg, Susana Dé, and Vlada Tomova.

I trust that you will enjoy the recording.

E Pluribus Unum.

John Raymond Pollard

Oh, and if you digg, then go there and digg this.

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