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Posted by Alexis Lanza at 9:50PM   |  2 comments
Stars and stripes

Blog Posting by Alexis Lanza, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts '15, Enfield, CT

Just like Jimi Hendrix proved in 1969 with his performance of the national anthem protesting the Vietnam war, dissonance can be found in American culture.

Before it became the country's national anthem, Star Spangled Banner was originally a poem written by Francis Scott Key. The very flag he was inspired by hangs on display at the National Museum of American History.

On the Smithsonian website, there is a interactive new media project where one can share their thoughts about what the American flag means to them. This symbol of America is recognizable all across the country, but one must question— why? What does it mean to be an American?

The American Dissonance concert is event not to be missed at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, featuring musicians Frank Campos, Jairo Geronymo, Deborah Martin, Wendy Mehne, Dawn Pierce, and Nicholas Walker. The concert will open with a dissonant rendition of Star Spangled Banner and will be held on Tuesday, April 1, in Hockett Recital Hall at Ithaca College, starting at 8:15 P.M.



I appreciate your question, "What does it mean to be an American?" We sing songs about our pride in our nationality, but I think many Americans are unaware of some of the USA's most controversial international actions. These are part of our identity abroad whether or not we are aware. I believe being an American means accepting the good and bad in our country, and investing in taking responsibility in changing what we do not condone.

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