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    My favorite rendition:

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    Didn't see the Boyz2Men rendition but PO1 Generald Wilson (USN-Ret.) Navy sang the anthem a cappella yesterday before the Chiefs/Titans game and it was fantastic. No vocal calisthenics, no octave warbling, just straight up good singing. Well done, carry on.
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    No pop star, rock star or country music artist should ever be allowed to sing the National Anthem, I remember attending a NASCAR race once and during the butchering of the Anthem by some country artist some idiot starts yee-hawing, I swear if security hadn't been standing right there I would have wanted to beat the living mess out of Him for being so disrespectful.
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    People singing the anthem not as intended equates to kneeling during the anthem.
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    The problem with all these celebrity bands, performers, etc is that they all feel they have to add their touch to the song. Problem is, it's not their damned song to alter. They're hired to sing the Anthem of our nation, not put on their own personal rendition of our anthem. Just sing the song as written. It's not an easy song to sing so if you do it properly, you show your vocal and musical abilities.
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    The problem with "celebrities" of any kind singing or playing the National Anthem, is that they think everyone came to that game or event for the sole purpose of seeing them perform. I'm sure it's the same attitude with the super bowl halftime acts.
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    Considering that the music came from a popular drinking song, and the lyrics were written to honor a flag sewn together in a brewery, I think the anthem's tough enough to stand a little push and pull from singers who are honestly using their talent to honor it in the best way they can.

    Not 'their' anthem to alter? Not many people sing it in the originally scored b-flat. That's an alteration. The original score indicates the song is to be sung, 'With spirit', yet so many singers reverentially drag out the phrasing. That's an alteration.

    Listen to the highly popular Houston rendition. Loaded with note slides (portamenti) and dramatized phrasing. Those are alterations. For crying out loud -- she sang it wearing a track suit. That's respectful?

    Even listening to the arrangements by military academy choirs and military bands, the arrangements have made alterations in phrasing and added trills and flourishes. Here is a combined academies choir, accompanied by a military band. Listen to how they take liberties with it to add their touch.



    As long as the performer is honestly trying to honor the anthem and not make a mockery of singing it, I'll manage to get through those couple of minutes just fine.

    I get that music is a personal preference, and respect that many people don't want 'their' anthem altered from the original scoring in any way they don't approve of. I think a lot don't realize how much the anthems they prefer have been changed from the original scoring.

    But don't despair -- I finally found a rendition performed as scored:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 230JHP View Post

    The original score indicates the song is to be sung, 'With spirit', yet so many singers reverentially drag out the phrasing. That's an alteration.
    This is my biggest peeve with artistic renditions of our anthem. It was not meant to be sung as a dirge.
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    Actually, I thought Smoky Robinson's rendition at a late '80s World Series was the best I've heard.


    Found it. Game 5 of the 1986 WS.

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