That day last October that we sang the national anthem for the signing ceremony in Fort Worth, we would never have thought that later in the year we would be standing on the other side of the planet singing in front of an official assembly in Guiyang.  This morning’s signing ceremony we sat across from the beautifully dressed chorus from Guiyang University.  Although we worked on singing the Chinese national anthem, we were very glad to find out that there would be a proper Chinese chorus to do that honor.   They sang it very strongly and proudly and then it was our turn.  We traveled thousands of miles and several days to sing this anthem and represent our country and we sang it very well with much expression.  It felt very good to sing this anthem in China.  More than that I thought it was a great honor to sing both anthems side by side showing that both China and the United states are at a point in their relationship where we could join together and celebrate a friendship of cities like this.

As quickly as the ceremony began, it was over and we were on to the people’s square…