National Anthem

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  1. DerekLee1

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    You know, I get tired of our National Anthem getting butchered at sporting events by people trying to show off their "vocal ability". Kimberly Caldwell's version at the Broncos/Texans game was painful to listen to. Just sing the song the way it was written. Anything else is a travesty and a disgrace to the Anthem.

    Dr. Z wrote about it in response to a reader as well:

     
  2. YellerLotYeller

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    I felt sorry for my Marine buddy sitting next to me, he has to stand at attention through the whole thing.
     
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    I like how they do national anthems at soccer games in the UK where the whole stadium sings the song.
     
  4. TEXANRED

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    I was at a sports bar and couldn't hear it. But I did see it and it was fantastic.
     
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    Okay dude, I think you're being a little harsh. "Travesty?" Dang. Some artist who impart their own "touches" to the anthem doesn't really bother me. Marvin Gaye's version of the anthem at that Laker game was beautiful.
    Consider something. We didn't actually HAVE a national anthem until Ripley's Believe it or Not (in the early 1900s) posted the fact that we were the only nation that DIDN'T have one. We took a long poem written by an Englishman and set it to an old Irish drinking song and presto we had a national anthem.
    My only problem with Ms. Underwoods redition of the anthem was she seemed to milk it. Slowed it down to a crawl. People are going to have to come to terms that the rendition of the anthem that Whitney Houston did at the Superbowl was a once in a lifetime thing.
     
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    I really liked Ozzy when he did Take me out to the ball game. Clasic
     
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    International games only right?

    Personally I think it's a little bit over the edge to fire off the national anthem at every sports event. Personally :)
     
  8. DerekLee1

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    In my meaningless opinion, I thought Marvin's version was horrible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRvVzaQ6i8A&NR=1 I'm probably in the minority there, though, even though I'm a big Marvin fan.

    Whitney's version was tremendous because it was virtually "as written", at a reasonable tempo, WITH THE CORRECT LYRICS (it's not "or the ramparts" and "or the land of the free"), and with a 64-piece orchestra backing her.

    Singing a capella is an especially wrong time to add your own "touches". I guess it just irks me because I'm a musician, traditionalist, and a veteran, but still - I hate it being changed. Maybe I'll submit a demo to the entertainment director and just do it right myself.
     


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    Totally classic... LOL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdwOoinuJi0

    "Now let's get some runs. Let's get some runs guys."
     
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    You're the lucky one !
     
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    Wow. I'm embarrassed by this thread. I'm sure others in the military past or present might be as well. If 2 1/2 minutes are too long for you to take out of your day to ...... oh screw it.
     
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  12. Hagar

    Hagar Drink up yall, its the Texans!

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    This was my post on standing for the National Anthem. Figured I'd just quote myself, no need to write a bunch of the same stuff again.
     
  13. Marcus

    Marcus Ruthless pragmatist

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    I served my country for six years, war time and peace time, and it still gives me chills everytime as I hear the last words of the anthem conclude. A travesty, it will never be...now Roseanne Barr's version was travesty.
     
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    It was not the length of time it took her to sing the song, not entirely anyway, but she was AWFUL!! I LOVE hearing the Nat anthum sang, by someone who knows HOW to sing it, this chick did not!! No wonder she didn't get any further on Amer Idol than she did. This is JUST MY OPINION only!!!!
     
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    Well said! Rep your way!!!!
     
  17. DerekLee1

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    I tend to like the differing versions of the anthem as long as the words aren't butchered. To me it shows the greatness and individuality of America......it represents America to me as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    I agree.

    I don't want to turn this political but I think a lot of the rah-rah, nationalist symbolism is really vain and futile.
     
  20. TEXANSTAILGATER

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    She wasn't that bad.
     

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