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Muster Right Here - Dec 27 2009
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Muster RIGHT Here - with Sgt Mack G'day, Troops. Hope y'all had a great Christ Mass & that the New Year is good to you. Just a short stand-up, today, to give some personal news.

Recently, I had the honor of being invited to sing (and singing) the National Anthem. For those who are not singers, this is equivalent to a baseball player getting to play in "The Series". Guess I need to keep better track, but suffice it to say that this isn't the first time.

This is my favorite hymn (to sing) for several reasons. What? You didn't know it was a hymn? That's because the 2nd verse is seldom sung. Look it up in any hymnal & you can see.

I've only been able to sing the 2nd once. Had planned (another time, at the Porterville Rotary Spring Ball) to follow a guest vocalist who would sing the 1st verse and I the 2nd, but she couldn't be at there.

Back on track, the reasons it is my favorite are 1) It is an opportunity to give personal honor to all those who are responsible for this country. 2) It ain't easy. It takes some effort. 3) It is the only time (other than teaching a vital class) that I can get up before a room full of people who outrank me & they not only WANT to listen to me, but all of military custom and courtesy DEMANDS that they listen to me.

I'd like to be able to say that it went off flawlessly. Ain't gonna lie, though. During the dress rehearsal, the first line came out strongly, but came "show time" it didn't. Finished O.K., but working so the next time is better. It isn't something where I will accept O.K. Getting over the bug that almost made me cancel.

Now, all of you who didn't know there was a second verse, or that it is a hymn, your assignment is to research Francis Scott Key & the circumstances under which he wrote the Star Spangled Banner.

A couple of tips, for those who are blessed with the chance to sing it, solo. Choose a key that isn't too high &, when you come to the parts that feel as though they should be loud, don't try to hold back. Back away from the mic. & belt it out. For that reason, a hand-held mic.is best.

O.K. I've got other fish to fry. Get busy studying for the next election. You need to know the Declaration & Constitution & the voting records of the candidates. If they vote against any of your God-given rights, protected by those 2 documents, FIRE THE BUMS!!!

God bless y'all, our Troops in harm's way, our administrative employees, state & national (with the wisdom to fulfill their oaths & do what is right) and God bless America!!! Dis-MISSED!!! Sgt Mack out, closing station & leaving the air.

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