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The Pirate of 1831

Wanting to keep today’s post short:

1) Like Russia, Liechtenstein, Germany, Norway, and America go pirate a copy of that 1619 classic tune to Britain’s “God Save the Queen”.
2) Grab a pen
3) Like Samuel Smith in 1831, crank out some lyrics.

Also like him, you have 30 minutes.

Incidentally, it was also stolen by Muzio Clementi for his ‘Symphony No. 3’ because copyright wasn’t a thing.

The Named and the Nameless

Though, according to Wikipedia, attribution to John Bull is sometimes made as the original composer of the tune no one knows for sure where it came from. Maybe that’s why it’s been so easy to pirate 🙂

But hey, Samuel Smith wrote a few lines of poetry in a half-hour and left his mark on American history until the national anthem was replaced by ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ in 1931.

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30 Minutes!

Guys. I don’t know about you, but I tend to see a half-hour as the perfect amount of time to do…anything else. And “create lasting international impact” has never made my list of ambitions for that amount of time (I mean, forty-five minutes or an hour – sure, but never 30).

The point is that you never know. You never know how far the ripple your next burst of artistic creativity is going to travel, what waves it’s going to make, or the impact that it’s going to have.

It could be your next thirty minutes that changes the world.