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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    I think different generations find different styles to be patriotic. Many folks would prefer Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American". They're not less patriotic, just not a Kate Smith fan.
    God Bless America is not a song that the average person with the average voice can sing. Kate Smith's voice is beautiful. One of the reasons they have professional singers at games to lead the singing is that it is so hard to sing. Proud To Be An American is a much easier song to sing because it does not hit the high notes. Please do not equate not having a professional singing voice with being un American. And a song like Proud To Be An American is Inclussive, not Exclussive.
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    Thanks for the memories. I have to say that my reaction years ago was not quite as awe-inspiring as it is today. Amazing the difference a few (?) years can make. I am going to forward the site to many friends, Thanks again.

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    I so agree with you. She sings it so great.

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    Thank you for sharing this plus the story. That was the song that carried us through the next hard years. I was in high school and we sang it in the glee club after it was introduced by Kate Smith. And we sang it on the day after Pearl Harbor as we gathered to hear the Declaration of War and FDR give his Day of Infamy speech.

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    Thank you.

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    *Thanks so much for shaaring this!
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    Wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    So right...we all need to sing it more often....
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    Thanks for posting that. It was wonderful.

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    Thank you for sharing this. I sure wish it stirred the feelings in today's young people that it did then. It seems that patriotism is a thing of the past and we live in a "gimme" society.

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    And when we sang it, back then, we sang it as it was written. Nowadays, if you do occasionally hear it, it is hard to tell if it is the same song as, evidently, nobody can read music any more, or they think that their wandering note rendition is a better replacement. NOT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas View Post
    FOR YOU YOUNG FOLKS, IT IS EDUCATIONAL, AND FOR US OLD GEEZERS, IT IS---WELL--YOU WILL UNDERSTAND!
    The link below will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA".
    But before you watch, you should also know the story of the song.

    The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans. This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large in size and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "Ain't over till the fat lady sings". Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

    Kate was also very patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.

    When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to Kate Smith and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

    This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience.
    She introduces the new song for the very first time and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now." At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.

    Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time and said when he and a million other guys first heard her sing God Bless America on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

    To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry
    and for many generations of Americans to follow. Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you
    will enjoy it and treasure it even more.
    NOW HERE IS HOW GOD BLESS AMERICA SHOULD BE SUNG!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?f...v=TnQDW-NMaRs#!
    Thank you that was BEAUTIFUL!
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    Thank You for this brought back alot of memories.My Mom loved her voice.

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    This brought a lump to my throat. Thanks for the history lesson and the music itself. With the way the country is going right now, we should probably play this every day for inspiration even though there may be some who would not like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    Thank you for sharing this. I sure wish it stirred the feelings in today's young people that it did then. It seems that patriotism is a thing of the past and we live in a "gimme" society.
    Sadly, I would have to agree with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwayslearning View Post
    God Bless America is not a song that the average person with the average voice can sing. Kate Smith's voice is beautiful. One of the reasons they have professional singers at games to lead the singing is that it is so hard to sing. Proud To Be An American is a much easier song to sing because it does not hit the high notes. Please do not equate not having a professional singing voice with being un American. And a song like Proud To Be An American is Inclussive, not Exclussive.
    I don't think you hear God Bless America song at that many games but you do hear the National Anthem song and is very hard to sing. Do you have the 2 songs mixed up? A lot of singers now think they should "put their own spin" on the National Anthem and I think they do it a disservice. Very few do a good job when they sing it. I wish they would just sing it the way it was written. I have no idea what the song Proud to be an American sounds like.
    Just my 2cents worth.
    I knew that Kate Smith was associated with God Bless America but I never knew why, thanks for the history lesson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnisewta View Post
    I don't think you hear God Bless America song at that many games but you do hear the National Anthem song and is very hard to sing. Do you have the 2 songs mixed up? A lot of singers now think they should "put their own spin" on the National Anthem and I think they do it a disservice. Very few do a good job when they sing it. I wish they would just sing it the way it was written. I have no idea what the song Proud to be an American sounds like.
    Just my 2cents worth.
    I knew that Kate Smith was associated with God Bless America but I never knew why, thanks for the history lesson.
    Oh, yes I do know what proud to be an american sounds like
    Pam

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    Ljptexas, I do hope you write professionally. I had dust in my eyes before even started the video.

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    Thank you for posting this Always brings tears to my eyes In fact any of our American Songs brings on those tears.

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    Bought tears to my eyes as well! Thank you for sharing the song and the history lesson. I just learned alot about a wonderful song and Lady.
    Thank you!
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    That was beautiful! I still have a tear in my eye . . .

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    I like Edie can't get through listening to or singing any of these 3 without tears and a big lump in my throat. Such a beautiful song and loved the history lesson. I agree with pensy dutch also anything today at our schools with the word God is considered a crime it seems. So very sad we cannot get this modern generation to know and realize that God is still incharge of everything and should be the center of our worlds, perhaps if this were so we would have a better and stronger nation as we have had in the past. Thanks again for the great post. Gerbie

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    LOVE this!!! Thank you for sharing this... I didn't know the story. God Bless America!!!
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    This song was sung daily along with the pledge of allegence when I was in elementary school in the 1940's. An aunt in my husband's family told about being at a prayer meeting on a week night when someone came in and announced that WWII had ended. The group stood and sang - God Bless America. I have taught my Grand kids how to sing this song. Also, I am glad to know that DGD was in an elementary school that said the pledge each morning, then had several patrotic songs played over the P A system.
    Nana - Spring, Texas

    Acutally, Barbara; but all teachers and my granddaughters classmates only know "Nana"

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