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 idol.