saturday 9

The Star Spangled Banner

... because Thursday was the 4th of July and we're still celebrating!

Unfamiliar with this Whitney's rendition? Hear it here.

1) Whitney Houston originally performed this in front of over 73,000 at the 1991 Super Bowl. What's the biggest crowd you have ever been in? hmmm there were thousands of us reading AP exams in Kansas City

2) Whitney's version of The National Anthem was released 10 years later, after 9/11, and the proceeds went to support New York's first responders. It was her last Top Ten single. What's your favorite Whitney Houston song? I feel like it's a sacrilege but I wasn't a fan--if I had to choose, I'd go with "Dance With Somebody"

3) Whitney's friends recall she loved lavender -- both the color and the scent. What's your favorite color? What's your favorite scent? lately it's been navy blue for color... and scent is lavender and sandalwood

4) Whitney had a sweet tooth and loved Fruity Pebbles. If you reached for a snack right now, would it be sweet or salty? sweet

5) Whitney's grave marker bears the words, "I Will Always Love You," so clearly her family is proud of her best-selling recording. How would you like to be remembered?
as a beloved daughter, sister, friend, and teacher

6) Going back to 1991, when this recording was first popular, consumers who had a cell phones likely had flip phones. Technology has come a long way, hasn't it? What did you most recently use your cell phone for? (Calling, texting, looking something up, taking a photo, posting on your blog or social media ...) checking my calendar

7) In 1777, Colonists celebrated July 4 with the firing of cannons and muskets, followed by a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. What did your neighborhood to to celebrate the 4th of July? some neighbors had fireworks 

8) The Revolutionary War still raged during that summer of 1777. General George Washington allowed his soldiers to celebrate with a double ration of run on July 4. Do you know anyone who is serving in the military this 4th of July? I have several former students proudly serving

9) Celebrity chef Rachael Ray says she considers mini-hamburgers, or "sliders," the All-American food. What will/did you dine on to celebrate the 4th of July? chips and guacamole 


CountryDew said...

I couldn't think of another Whitney Houston song, either. I liked her songs but they aren't among my top 100.

Stacy said...

I was never a Whitney fan, either. I actually like Dolly Parton's version of I will Always Love You better. (Did I say that out loud?)

Susan said...

Reading AP exams? Ones the students had taken? I hated test!
Nice that some of your former students are serving the country.

Lori said...

I am not really a fan of Whitney Houston either.
I am always checking my calendar on my phone too. I am going to go have bloodwork done tomorrow for my upcoming doctor's appointment. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


The Gal Herself said...

After scrolling down to comment, I've gotta raise my hand for Whitney. Of course, I've always had a weakness for leather-lunged divas.

"Beloved" is the best way to be remembered.