Patriotic Music: Surprising Secrets About Those Flag-Waving Sounds

Written by Scott G (The G-Man)

Whether played by a marching band, an orchestra, or a rock group, there are patriotic tunes that everyone in America finds familiar, exciting and uplifting. But how much do you know about how these songs were created? And what do you know aboutrepparttar people who wrote them?

There are some surprising facts behind all of this glorious music.

So, fire uprepparttar 137866 barbecue grill, look up atrepparttar 137867 fireworks, and strike uprepparttar 137868 band as we revealrepparttar 137869 secrets behindrepparttar 137870 most influential nationalistic musical moments of all time.

"Star Spangled Banner," Francis Scott Key, 1814. Schoolchildren in America all learn how Key watchedrepparttar 137871 British bombardment of Fort McHenry duringrepparttar 137872 War of 1812 and so admiredrepparttar 137873 courage ofrepparttar 137874 beleaguered American forces that he wrote four stanzas of "The Star Spangled Banner" (onlyrepparttar 137875 first is usually performed). Key basedrepparttar 137876 melody on an English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven." The song has only beenrepparttar 137877 national anthem since 1931, and there was a strong movement to replace it with one ofrepparttar 137878 other songs on this list.

"America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)," Samuel F. Smith, 1832. The music was composed inrepparttar 137879 1700s, sometimes attributed to Henry Cary. First popular in Great Britain as "God Saverepparttar 137880 King (Queen),"repparttar 137881 song became bi-continental in 1832. Modern audiences have been greatly moved byrepparttar 137882 R&B version by Ray Charles, a truly wonderful blending of emotion with what musicians call "the groove."

"Rally 'Roundrepparttar 137883 Flag," George F. Root, 1862. Written forrepparttar 137884 Union army and its supporters duringrepparttar 137885 Civil War,repparttar 137886 song was hugely popular inrepparttar 137887 North. This didn't prevent Confederate troops from writing their own lyrics and singingrepparttar 137888 song throughoutrepparttar 137889 South.

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home," Louis Lambert, c. 1863. Lambert was a pseudonym for Union Army Bandmaster Patrick S. Gilmore. His lyrics, set to an old Irish folk song, were popular throughrepparttar 137890 whole Reconstruction Era (1865-1896). It appears in an extended instrumental version onrepparttar 137891 soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's film "Dr. Strangelove."

"Battle Hymn ofrepparttar 137892 Republic," Julia W. Howe, 1861. Howe is another lyricist who succeeded by utilizing a pre-existing piece of music, in this case a camp meeting tune ofrepparttar 137893 19th century (which also became "John Brown's Body"). The profound power ofrepparttar 137894 words combined withrepparttar 137895 compelling melody cannot be denied, and it was sung atrepparttar 137896 funerals of Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.

"Overture: 1812," Petr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1880. Patriotic music doesn’t always revolve aroundrepparttar 137897 July 4th celebration, or even refer torepparttar 137898 USA. Tchaikovsky got Russian hearts a-pounding with his "1812 Overture in E Flat Major Op. 49," written to celebraterepparttar 137899 70th anniversary of his country's victory battle duringrepparttar 137900 Napoleonic Wars.

"Semper Fidelis," John Philip Sousa, 1889. Popular ever since it was first performed,repparttar 137901 effective and spirited tune takes its name fromrepparttar 137902 U.S. Marine Corps motto meaning "always faithful" and is dedicated torepparttar 137903 Marines.

The Other World Series: Poker

Written by Peter Berlin

Growing up,repparttar American dream for many boys was playing major league baseball and hittingrepparttar 137836 game winning home run inrepparttar 137837 final game ofrepparttar 137838 World Series. This dream is usually shattered for most when in their teen yearsrepparttar 137839 reality hits, that they’re not an athlete and have no chance at a career in professional baseball.

There is however another World Series that anyone can participate in. The only requirement is that you’re over 21. I’m talking aboutrepparttar 137840 World Series Of Poker, which takes place this year from June 2 – July 15. “Wait,” I hear you say. “That’s over a month long. I thoughtrepparttar 137841 World Series of Poker was just a few days.”

Actuallyrepparttar 137842 WSOP is a series of 45 different poker events culminating withrepparttar 137843 final 7 day main event starting July 7. The events take place atrepparttar 137844 Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas withrepparttar 137845 final table ofrepparttar 137846 main event being played at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Downtown Las Vegas whererepparttar 137847 World Series of Poker all started.

The official start ofrepparttar 137848 WSOP was in 1970, thoughrepparttar 137849 beginnings can be traced back to an event which took place in 1949. Benny Binion, owner of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino and a true marketing genius, was approached by well-known gambler “Nickrepparttar 137850 Greek” Nick asked him to set up a match againstrepparttar 137851 best poker player in a high-stakes poker marathon. Benny agreed as long asrepparttar 137852 match would open torepparttar 137853 public. The stage was set for a showdown between “Nickrepparttar 137854 Greek” and legendary poker player Johnny Moss. The marathon lasted five months andrepparttar 137855 two played every form of poker there was. They took breaks only to sleep.

Binion’s marketing genius paid off as each dayrepparttar 137856 marathon ran hundreds of spectators gathered in his casino to watchrepparttar 137857 “biggest game in town.” Atrepparttar 137858 end ofrepparttar 137859 five months “The Greek” had lost an estimated $2 million.

It took Binion 20 years to realizerepparttar 137860 full potential of what happened those five months in 1949.

In 1970 Binion invited some ofrepparttar 137861 best poker players inrepparttar 137862 world to a contest to determinerepparttar 137863 “World Champion” poker player. The games began and Johnny Moss (the man who beat “Nick The Greek”) was voted, yes, you read it right, votedrepparttar 137864 best poker player. There was no prize money for this event, justrepparttar 137865 honor of being calledrepparttar 137866 best.

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