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 Please don't let the citizens of Florida get strapped by one of these equally musically outdated songs.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.
Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.
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