The Star-Spangled Banner in B-flat minor
Arranged in protest to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
The day after the 2016 presidential election, I remember feeling stoic and hollow as I walked around campus. Many of my friends cried in disbelief, but I did not. I could not. It made sense to me that a political outlier like Trump could make it to the highest office in the land; after all, it had happened in Britain with Brexit the summer before. Sentiments of racism, anti-diversity, neofascism, and far-right politics had been boiling quietly for years, and Donald Trump gave those sentiments a very loud voice in the complacent American political spectrum. His election opened up a future of incredible uncertainty for the entire world. I felt, like many, so aggravated and helpless. It had seemed like we were on track to building a more stable, progressive, and tolerant world. But in only a few hours, all of those hopes were shattered. So I did what I do best when emotions are high and difficult to express. The idea to arrange the national anthem in a haunting minor key seemed natural at the time, and it provided an intense emotional release.
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