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Acoustic National Anthem 4-Verses

by Jim Chaps

The four verses written by F.S. Key (1814) with modern sound effects, loops, guitar and percussion. Does not include "concluding verse" written circa 1860 by O.W. Holmes Sr. which Jim discovered in 2013.
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This recording includes only the four verses written by Key in 1814. Jim recorded this song in 2012 -- but wouldn't discover until 2013 that a "concluding verse" was actually written circa 1860's--the time of the US Civil War. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. wrote the concluding verse. This recording is just the words of F.S. Key from 1814 - Jim believes that the later verse of Holmes should be regarded as part of the complete song.
"The goal was to turn this into a modern song with guitars, percussion and all of the lyrics. All four verses, not just the first verse," says Jim Chaps arranger of "Acoustic National Anthem 4-Verses".
"This recording celebrates the 200th birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner."
The war of 1812 provided the backdrop for Francis Scott Key to write a four-verse poem “The Defence of Fort McHenry.” He penned the words to match the melody of 'To Anacreon in Heaven' a hymn-like, pub song composed by John Stafford Smith in the 1700s. Why do this?
"Some say that this song glorifies war. No way. War is hell. There is never glory in war. What this song IS about is bravery against oppression. Protecting one's home. Standing up to bullies and being on guard and staying vigilant; and thwarting the bullies."
"There are modern sound effects. I'm a 70's-era folksinger-songwriter. Today's digital audio production environment has changed how many song-makers operate. It's not easy, there's a learning curve and technology changes swiftly. I decided NOT to say, 'F this, I'll just stick with a guitar and pencils', Nope. I'm acting as though I'm 18 again. So "the bombs bursting in air" sound like they're under your chair. The new production methods lend something to the overall experience of the song."

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War of 1812 was the backdrop of the song.... 200 years later is 2012. Aha! Key wrote the song two years later in 1814.
Happy birthday, Star Spangled Banner! The idea for singing all four verses started because so many people said thanks the first time I played this song in 2005 at a Cincinnati Reds / Detroit Tigers spring training game in Sarasota, Fla. I recvd a great response from many people afterward. The Reds organization in Sarasota went the extra mile to mic for vocals and guitar. Cincinnati's manager at that time was Dave Miley. He said, "Nice job on that song" as I walked past him and into the stands. Also Tigers mgr. Alan Trammell, also gave a nice compliment, and it was memorable to get a photo with Trammell and Kirk Gibson after the game. (Both are Detroit Tiger favorites and were coaching the Tigers in '05 and Jim is a native Detroiter.) One of the nicest compliments I received was from ABC-7 sportscaster Lowell Galindo (later w ESPN networks and now with Texas Longhorn Network LHN) Lowell said the song was "Top-five all time".  Thank you, Lowell. The main person responsible for me even figuring out the chords for acoustic guitar is then-Detroit-Tiger-pitcher Jason Grilli. (Grill Cheese was still pitching in MLB in 2016!-- a grill cheese machine!) Grilli said he liked how a guitar sounded in the background during the anthem in stadium environment. The first-ever performance of Jim's "Acoustic National Anthem" was such a success that day in 2005 in Sarasota, FL that Jim included it on the Jim Chaps - Second (Folk Music Renaissance) project released in 2006. In the liner notes for the Second project, Jim stated that he would later perform all of the verses. With the "Acoustic National Anthem - 4-Verses" the promise was ALMOST fulfilled - Then Jim's discovery of "Concluded" by O.W. Holmes (from circa 1860's) happened in 2013!



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I was really excited that someone had remembered our 200 B-Day of our beloved country especially in this time being an election year. Yea to all our past and Blessour future with this dedication to our country. I hope all will enjoy hearing all the verses.