... except that on the morning after my dream concert, the owners of Nexus -- the beautiful Buddha-filled site where the performance was held -- invited me to sing the National Anthem at a press conference aboard the USS Iowa, the battleship moored in the Port of Richmond undergoing repairs before sailing south for a new life as a naval museum. The event was held in commemoration of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; December 7th. We old battleships are seeing a resurrection of sorts, right?
Alas, it was an honor just a tad too far and I regretfully declined. Not looking to extend my now reinstated temporary career as an over-ripe chantoosie, and, not seeing any possible way to sing myself through the National Anthem without tripping and falling on my face, I said no to this great honor. Singing before an audience of lifelong friends in celebration of my birthday while raising much-needed funds for a program that has meant so much to me and to Dorian was a very special thing -- to be treasured for all time. Adding another facet to my now more-public-persona than I'd ever dreamed of or wished for, I felt in danger of over-reaching and that would be tragic.
especially those brilliantly instructive lines in the second verse:
"... confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law."