Monday, June 10, 2013

Baseball Tunes: O Canada

"O Canada" is, of course, Canada's national anthem. The music was composed by Calixa Lavallée in 1880.  The French lyrics were written that same year by Adolphe-Basile Routhier, the original English lyrics in 1908 by Robert Stanley Weir.  The English lyrics have since been revised twice, adopted in their present form in 1980 when the song officially became Canada's anthem.

"O Canada" is performed at every game played by the Toronto Blue Jays, home or away.  The song is also performed, along with "The Star-Spangled Banner," at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  Sarah McLachlan in 1996:

My Baseball Fantasy

Vermont: won, 7-3 (55-36-9 overall, 2nd place out of 12 teams)
Maryland: won, 6-4 (51-42-7, 4th of 10)
Public: 86 Rotisserie points (2nd of 12)
My Player of the Week: Jordan Zimmerman (Starting Pitcher, Nationals) with 1 win, 12 strikeouts, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP

Photo via Wikimedia Commons


  1. My high school choir director was (well, still is) Canadian. every kid in that choir knew the words to O Canada.

    1. I really like the song - much better than SSB, I think.

  2. I asked one of my yoga teachers if she'd incorporate the Beatles during practice. She added McLachlan's cover of 'Blackbird.'

    1. Well, you know how I feel about that one...

      She stumbles a bit in the beginning of this clip, I'm guessing thrown off by her echo coming back at her. Boy, does she recover beautifully!

    2. Beautiful recovery is its own reward. Doubly sublime.

      Btw, I commented on your comment over at Mock's. Curious to know if I was correct.