A National Anthem Melody, Radical Reinterpretation Challenge

I heard this beautiful, creative and inspirational recent rendition of the Star Spangled Banner just now.


And I thought to myself afterward, what if more songwriters and/or performers did more radical reinterpretations of their national anthems’ melodies? Many, if not most, who perform a national anthem put some “interpretation” into the often sung songs. However, most aren’t all that original.

So who out there might want to try? Being Canadian, I’d love to hear some more original interpretations of O Canada. I’d try myself, having been a songwriter, but I have too many things going on right now that can’t wait. I did stop songwriting for times when I’d be less active and mobile, after all, given my inefficiency at it. 🙂

Who’s up for the challenge?

1701 Tuque (double layered fleece)

1701 Tuque

1701 Tuque

This was the third tuque I made from my recently designed and fitted one piece double layered tuque pattern shown below. The ability to put something larger than a panel on the tuque is why you’d want to really use this pattern, as well as better durability, compared to the multiple panel patterns you usually find out there. Here, I grabbed some portraits of The Original Series Star Trek Enterprise crew from a cotton print, and appliquéd them onto the flat fleece before sewing together to form a shaped tuque.

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