April 20, 2008 Update: It appears that the Florida legislature will keep our state song, but update the lyrics.
Much as I don't like the words to our current state song, I do like the melody. It's a catchy tune. I can't say that about the 3 songs that made it to the finals to be voted on by us. Yech! They all sound depressing, slow, not at all upbeat. Come on. I know better songs had to have been submitted. Please don't let the citizens of Florida get strapped by one of these equally musically outdated songs. Did someone die? I thought the point was to get a more contemporary song that represents our state.
I am proud to be a native Floridian. We live in a fun, energetic and beautiful state. Our song should reflect that. Please, contact your state representatives and ask for more songs.
I am not a music teacher, but I enjoy singing as much as the next person. Give us a fun song to sing!
In case you think I exaggerate, please visit: http://www.justsingflorida.org to hear the 3 songs a panel of music teachers selected. Votes must be cast by January 10th, but hopefully the bill to actually make the winner our new state song won't pass. If you need me to e-mail them to you, let me know.