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Write the new state song

The Florida Music Educators’ Association (FMEA) is helping organize “Just Sing, Florida!” to select a tune to replace “Old Folks at Home.” 

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 15, 2007


Warm up those vocal chords. Here’s your chance to help choose the next official state song.

The Florida Music Educators’ Association (FMEA) is helping organize “Just Sing, Florida!” to select a tune to replace “Old Folks at Home.” The tune about the Suwannee River has repeatedly come under scrutiny because of lyrics many, including Gov. Charlie Crist, consider to be racially insensitive.

Aspiring songwriters be warned. Proposed replacements must have “inclusive lyrics,” “be suitable for group singing,” and must fall within one octave. In other words, no high notes! Oh, and songwriters must know how to write music. For a full list of criteria for song submissions, you can visit the Web site, www.justsingflorida.org.

Now comes the fun part. Are you properly inspired and motivated? Then let us hear what you've got. Record yourself singing in the shower; or have your 5-year-old give it a shot. Then send us your submissions, either written lyrics or song files, to songs@tampabay.com. We’ll post the best (and, beware, the worst!) responses.

Be serious, if you must. We don’t care. This is ‘Florida Idol,’ tampabay.com style.