cool…(definition of)

October 17, 2010 § 8 Comments

Not unusual, I am passionate about having the right to vote, as a human and as a woman, although I’d likely never be recognized as a flag waving, opinion-spewing civil politico.

Still, when we all stood for the national anthem at the last Cardinals game two weeks ago and discovered that we, the fans, were singing the national anthem, it was pretty freakin’ moving. 

Given the first four notes by the organist (his last game, last day), we sang a  cappella from the fifth note, forward.
We stayed together.
We hit the “high” notes.
When we finished, there was this pause, then uninhibited cheering.

Forty-four thousand people singing Keye’s composition.
Surely a  defining moment in the life of the word “cool.”

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§ 8 Responses to cool…(definition of)

  • Ruth says:

    It does sound incredibly moving. What a moment, that gives chills for life.

  • mandy says:

    Moments like that give me chils and remind me we’re all part of something bigger than ourselves. And yes, I would say that was definitely a “cool” moment.

  • jeanie says:

    Pretty nifty. I had that feeling once singing with about 3,500 others the national anthem (or maybe “my country tis of thee”) at a live Prairie Home Companion taping. Huge sound. Pretty nifty. (But baseball — now that’s nifty!)

  • Becky says:

    That’s totally cool!!!!

  • write4you says:

    Whoa – what a picture. And I don’t care for baseball – but you do it justice. Just give me FSK at the Dome before a Rams game. For a good unison sing – it’s “God Bless America!”

  • Bone Daddy says:

    The Monk’s Mound, and all of The Cahokia Mounds, resonates with the echoes of the 30 or so generations that called it home for 700+ years. What little we know of those whose paths we walk. What will our civilization leave behind for others to rubble through?

    I was at that last Cardinal game- tradition at last home game is the fans sing our anthem a capella. The draw and exhale of many humans in song has to please this planet.

    Here’s to the higher aspects of our human nature.

    Someday, let’s climb Monks Mound together to catch the wind up there.

    Keep writing. Love it all. Peace and out. Bone Daddy

  • typehype says:

    Nice post! Singing The Star Spangle Banner at the opening of a baseball game, the expressions on the players’ faces, the unity of the crowd, even “the bombs bursting in air” — I think it’s the one time I feel truly “American.” (Too bad the Yanks lost — and to Texas!) The other night, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead did their own musical take on The SSB, also a cappella, at the opening of the SF Giants game. So cool.

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