Monday, January 19, 2009

Being Marian Anderson

"I suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow."

--Marian Anderson


wmmbb said...

What do I know, but this song sounds like "God Save the Queen". Had I known, when this was our national anthem, I could have stood and song these words, instead of remaining seated.

judith ellis said...

Well, wmmbb, there is that historical legacy to consider as our statesmen were, of course, from across the Pond. The influence I'm sure is heard in God Bless America. I recognized the similarity years ago. Nice melody indeed.

While we wish the Queen well, we do not readily stand or bow in automatic deference to her. God Bless America, by the way, is not our national anthem, neither does the Queen's face grace our currency.

Does Australia remain a part of the Commonwealth of England?

wmmbb said...

The Queen, for the moment, remains the Head of State following the loss of the Republic Referendum in 1999. Australia remains part of the Commonwealth, which includes republics such as India, Ghana and South Africa, and numerous others Parliamentary democracies such as Canada and New Zealand also have the Queen as the nominal head of state, who is supposedly represented by a Governor-General appointed by the respective governments. We now have a woman as Governor-General following the earlier examples of Canada and New Zealand.

judith ellis said...

Long moment. The Empire was truly imperial.

wmmbb said...

We at least hold constitutional referenda from time to time, while it is true that they are normally destined to be lost.

Anyway, Marian Anderson was fantastic - so much for the daughters of the Republic.

judith ellis said...

All the best.