I am slowly listening my way through my late mother's cassettes and reel tapes, well over a thousand of them. Just last week, I was reminded of why I decided to do this, rather than just chuck them all, when I came across this sweet, endearing recording of my daughter, long ago, at the age of about six (she's now 21), accompanied by my brother on piano, in a brief rendition of "You're a Grand Old Flag".
I'm quite certain that I was not present at the time of this recording, and that I'd never heard this tape before. While it's hardly a demonstration of technical excellence in singing, I wish I could bottle and distribute the joy of life captured in this performance, particularly the note (one for the ages) at the 20 second point. I thought I'd make it my gift to everyone here, on this fourth of July: