Washington, DC had a big weekend with preparations for yesterdays Presidential Inauguration (we were getting ready for it last week with our Inauguration Day sheet music blog post). Nearly one million people were estimated to attend yesterdays festivities on the National Mall, and the masses were treated to several stunning patriotic musical performances, from James Taylors rendition of America the Beautiful, to Kelly Clarksons interpretation of My Country Tis of Thee, to Beyoncés performance of The Star Spangled Banner.
In the Muse has previously blogged about our National Anthem, as well as Irving Berlins beloved God Bless America and other patriotic sheet music and recordings from our collections. After the beautiful performances yesterday and the reviews everyone will be giving around the water cooler today, I thought it might be worth a reminder that you can read the back stories of Americas patriotic songs on the Library of Congress Patriotic Melodies online presentation. Brush up on the confusing background of My Country Tis of Thee and impress everyone today with your trivia knowledge!