Despacito is a musical work that is utterly beautiful; terrific lyrics, a perfect blend of Spanish and English, and a frankly merry undertone. I am unsure how Luis Fonsi was able to craft such a profoundly beautiful piece of art, I thought that no human could be such an incredible wordsmith, and somehow this man seems to have mastered both the English and Spanish languages. I would go as far to say this song is the zenith of human music.
Our current national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, written by John Stafford Smith, is an embarrassment to our diverse and mighty nation. Written in 1814 during a British attack on Fort McHenry, this song attempts to deliver the American story and exemplify the values our nation holds dearest. However, this “song” (if you would even like to call it that) does exactly the opposite. It, instead of being a carefully crafted piece of art, was a hodgepodge of thoughts quickly scraped onto a loin cloth as a battle was taking place.
The Star-Spangled banner is far outdated - as we are no longer living in the 19th century. I firmly believe there needs to be a change made, a drastic one.
Over the past 50 years our country has been growing increasingly diverse, free, and fair, just as how one of our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson intended it “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” It is a shame that only now this is true, and our current national anthem only reflects a period when this was untrue - essentially desecrating our constitution.
Despacito, I believe, is the perfect choice for our new national anthem. Despacito is a multicultural, diverse melody, that reflects our growing Spanish-speaking and Hispanic population. It speaks of a forgotten US territory; Puerto Rico, and tells a story of a brave young American living there. Not only that, its music video features every race, and has amassed over 5 billion views. Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that is worldwide appeal. In fact, one of our major issues within the past year has been maintaining our stance as an appealing nation on the world stage, and call me crazy, but I think this might just do the trick. Also, we have been attempting to appease a certain, rotund, dictator recently, and I think I can see in him a man who would go wild to Luis Fonsi’s lyrical genius.
So, I rest my case, I hope you too now agree with me, and will join me in my plea.Tags: America, National Anthem, Liberty, Patriotism