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Old 09-14-2011, 07:57 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I only listen to the Nation Anthem if it is being played by a band, military or similar. Too many singers butcher the NA. The rare time when it was sung great was Whitney Huston at the Super Bowl.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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I only listen to the Nation Anthem if it is being played by a band, military or similar. Too many singers butcher the NA. The rare time when it was sung great was Whitney Huston at the Super Bowl.
Here's another one PDD. I recounted it in an earlier post:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/17619148-post2.html
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Here's another one PDD. I recounted it in an earlier post:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/17619148-post2.html
Mike,
Thanks for the post. That was an incredible rendition. I appreciate hearing the National Anthem at sporting events, and wish it were performed even more often than it is. There have been many times it's brought a tear to my eye (including when I watched the aforementioned video), not because of how it has been performed, but because of what it means to me to be an American, and because of the sacrifices others have made to help secure our freedoms.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:03 PM
 
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I only listen to the Nation Anthem if it is being played by a band, military or similar. Too many singers butcher the NA. The rare time when it was sung great was Whitney Huston at the Super Bowl.
This is just a thought, but if the singer is butchering the song, perhaps the audience should join in to help out. I've seen it happen at a race (due to a microphone malfunction, not a bad singer), and it was incredible hearing the voices of the thousands that joined in. I would rather see (and hear) that than not to have the National Anthem performed at all.
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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The National Anthem brings chills to me, and yes, tears. Like you jdavid, it is the meaning of the National Anthem that brings out the emotions in me. PDD, it is sad when the National Anthem is destroyed by some of the really bad attempts to sing it--seems really common at the racing events sadly. But still when it is done correctly and with the respect it should have it is one of the most moving beautiful pieces I have ever heard!!
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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Just like when a driver is interviewed after a race they always have a beverage in hand (with the label always showing) and take enough swigs so that the "sponsor" gets his paid for TV time.

I don't remember Mark Martin taking a dose of Viagara back when that was his sponsor.
Heh, heh!! That would be interesting I think some of those beverage companies--we know who they are--are starting to look downright stupid now! I mean really??
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:39 AM
 
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When attending a sporting event while wearing a hat, I have always put my hat over my heart during the anthem. I see it done by baseball players as well. I don't think they are doing it just for sponsor airtime.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:45 PM
 
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Mike,
Thanks for the post. That was an incredible rendition. I appreciate hearing the National Anthem at sporting events, and wish it were performed even more often than it is. There have been many times it's brought a tear to my eye (including when I watched the aforementioned video), not because of how it has been performed, but because of what it means to me to be an American, and because of the sacrifices others have made to help secure our freedoms.
Most "Americans" today have no such feelings, one of the biggest problems with this country I think.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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This version will give any patriotic American chills:

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Old 09-20-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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I have performed the National many times with and without my wife. I've been in front of crowds as large as 60,000, TV cameras in my face and local events where the audience was less then 500. Few things upset me more than someone rewriting it. It's a difficult song to sing but if you can't sing it, the way Mr Key wrote it, don't take the job.
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