Listening to the US national anthem played on a bat at a baseball game!

July 4, 2013

A professional violinist plays the “Star Spangled Banner” on a baseball bat!
It’s our country’s Independence Day once again, and as we relax and enjoy family outings, picnics, activities with friends, swimming, baseball, and more, I thought we might have some fun and enjoy a different kind of Link of the Day.  Take some time to listen to “The Star Spangled Banner” played on a baseball bat.  You can also listen to an interview and a story about it from NPR.  For a close-up of Glenn Donnellan playing his baseball bat in a studio, click here.  (Some of you will remember that last year for the 4th of July, I featured a link to the all-female trombone quartet, Bones Apart, playing John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”  If you missed it or want to hear it again, here’s the link.)

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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