According to History.com, after the publication of Key’s poem in newspapers, composers eventually adapted the words to John Stafford Smith’s tune “To Anacreon in Heaven.” President Woodrow Wilson, in 1916, paid tribute to the majestic melody by requesting its inclusion at official events. The song was finally designated the United States National Anthem on March 3, 1931.
Dad commenced singing the familiar lines, “Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” As he concluded the initial phrases of the anthem, the baby’s excitement continued to escalate. With gentle taps on the highchair, this adorable little singer began chiming in, producing what might be the most endearing baby-talk version of the song ever captured.
Remarkably, some of the baby’s vocalizations appeared to mimic the anthem’s lyrics closely. Undoubtedly, listeners from all corners will be captivated by this incredible duet. As the song progressed, the baby’s enthusiasm became more apparent, with little arms waving as if conducting an orchestra.
The baby mirrored dad as his powerful voice reached a crescendo. Both sang with heartfelt passion, leaving us wanting more. When dad hit the high note on “rockets’ red glare,” the baby seemed to sense the song’s climax, expressing sheer delight. This little one undoubtedly appeared proud to be part of the “land of the free and the home of the brave”