Dad Sings National Anthem But Baby Daughter Steals Show With Dramatic Backup Performance
Aug 01, 2020
In this heartwarming video that circulated across the internet back in 2018, a baby accompanies her father in the kitchen as he sings the American national anthem, Francis Scott Key's The Star-Spangled Banner.
In this heartwarming duet, a proud American father and his young baby are caught up in a moment of bonding over the patriotic song. Though many adults have difficulty mastering The Star-Spangled Banner because of its wide range of notes, this Dad seems completely undaunted by both the high and low notes. His rich baritone reverberates throughout the home. But it's the cute little baby who was caught on camera who is really stealing the show.
Shown seated in a highchair, this little one seems to be giving Daddy wrapt attention almost as soon as the song starts. This "chip off the old block" can't help but join in with Dad's singing.
The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. The attorney Francis Scott Key wrote what would become The Star Spangled-Banner during the War of 1812 after Key witnessed the British bombing Fort McHenry in Maryland, according to History.com. As he noticed the American flag still proudly waving at daybreak after the battle, he was inspired to write the now famous lines: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” While Key originally conceived of the piece as a poem with the original title The Defence of Fort McHenry, it eventually became the national anthem in 1931 and was set to music.
After newspapers printed Key's poem, composers eventually set the words to John Stafford Smith's tune To Anacreon in Heaven, according to History.com. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson further paid homage to the majestic tune by asking that it be played at official events. And it finally gained current status as United States National Anthem on March 3, 1931.
Daddy started singing the familiar words, "Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light..." As he finished singing the first few phrases of the song, baby's excitement continues to build. Softly tapping the highchair, this adorable little singer starts chiming in with what may truly be the most darling baby-talk version of the song ever recorded.
Amazingly, some of the baby's singing seems to closely resemble the anthem's lyrics. We're sure that listeners from everywhere will be blown away by this incredible duet. Later in the song, you can see the baby start to get even more enthusiastic, complete with arms waving like a maestro.
Baby mimics dad as his booming voice reaches a crescendo. Both are singing their hearts out and we just can't get enough of it.
As dad hits the high note on "rockets' red glare," the baby seems to know that this is the climax of the song. At this moment you can tell the excitement has reached a fever pitch. This baby certainly seems proud to be a part of the "land of the free and the home of the brave."
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