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May 8, 2024 - 3:43pm -- John Contreras

If you're one of those folks like me, someone that notices and appreciates 'moments' - those brief times that seem to capture an experience that you'd love to preserve - our meeting this week offered several treasures. On the risers, we were polishing up our performance of our national anthem and found ourselves over-singing out of sheer emotional involvement. We have quite a few veterans in the chorus and no shortage of personal engagement on that song. I wanted to capture that depth of personal commitment to a performance and bottle it for every piece of music we sing. Later, during our break time, one of our Leads (92 years young) recounted for us the historical story of the day Francis Scott Key was inspired to write his essay "The Star Spangled Banner." We were treated to an hour-by-hour retelling of those days that culminated in him watching the overnight siege of Fort McHenry from a British warship. Surely our national anthem is special to us, but there is a story and a 'moment' captured in every lyric that is set to music for us. I look forward to finding the 'moment' that inspired each song writer in our repertoire.

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