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intrepid 12-19-2015 10:08 AM

The Star Spangled Banner
Friends, I have long been offended by most public renditions of the national anthem. The overwhelming majority are sung by "entertainers" who think of it as an opportunity to "express" themselves in a disgusting rendition, slurring, sliding, shrieking, mispronouncing the lyrics, usually singing incorrect notes and making what to me is an obscene spectacle. IT'S NOT A BALLAD! If it must be a singer and not a band, let her 'sing it straight'. I just now happened on the obituary of Kurt Masur, a very great conductor who was music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. It led me to a Youtube of Masur leading the Orchestra in a magnificent rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. This actually had me in tears.

Here's the url:

silly 12-19-2015 11:08 AM

I hate that "singers" pay to sing at lots of games

Also the fact that Military bands have been charged to show their Patriotism at sporting events

MBFerrari 01-03-2016 07:21 PM

THAT is the way it is supposed to be done. I will say that although I am 100% behind you on this, when it was done at the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay by Whitney Houston, she broke away a little bit but it still kicked arse...

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