is Tallahassee blues legend Charles Atkins performing
"Florida's Song". This song was chosen
by Florida Governor Charlie Crist as his inaugural
song over the traditional, "Old Folks At
Home". Atkins hopes that "Florida Song"
will catch on and become the official song of
the State of Florida.
62, said he wrote his song after Ray Charles was
inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame
in 1992. A reporter asked Charles why he didn't
sing a song about Florida, like Georgia on My
Mind. If someone writes a Florida song, I'll happily
sing it, said Charles, who developed much of his
musical talent at the Florida School for the Deaf
and Blind. Atkins was there that day and decided
to write such a song. A few months before Charles'
death in 2004, Atkins played this song for his