Our ancestors enjoyed music in their lives as much for education as for entertainment. Francis Scott Key’s immortal poem about the Battle of Baltimore, set to melody, was the musical rallying cry that built morale and spread the news of the Battle of Baltimore across the nation with lightning speed. “The Star Spangled Banner” is as moving now as it was then.
Today, Jonathan Jensen shows us that music still fills that role. Jensen is a bassist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but also enjoys folk music and composing. He brings us a delightful story-telling folk song that tells the story of the battle and Francis Scott Key’s participation which inspired our national anthem. His catchy tune, pleasant voice, and the beautiful images in this video put us in the mood to take a few minutes to again consider the significance of our national anthem and the impact of the War of 1812 on our current freedoms.
Many thanks to Jonathan Jensen for sharing his talent and inspiration with us. Share it with your friends, and while you’re at it, you can take a peek into the War of 1812 Pensions being digitized right now and available to view for free at fold3.com. Where do you think your ancestor was the first time he or she heard “The Star Spangled Banner”? You may not learn that in the pensions but there is so much you could learn about your patriot ancestors and their part in protecting our nation.