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Published: Friday, Oct. 4 2013 1:46 p.m. MDT

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Oh, please!
Saint George, UT

Please, I beg you, please sing our national anthem as it is written and not as a personal vocal solo. The tweaking of notes (usually some of the higher notes sung) makes a mockery of this song. It should not be open to personal interpretation in an attempt to turn it into a "pop" song. This degrades the song and the intended patriotic experience.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

@Oh, please!

Sorry, but I have to disagree with your opinion.

I doubt anyone can watch Whitney Houston sing the National Anthem and call it a mockery. She did embellish the song by adding a few additional notes and flourishes to the standard politically accepted version, but it brought chills to my heart to hear her sing our National Anthem with such passion.

If Francis Scott Key were alive today, I believe he would wholeheartedly approved of what Whitney Houston did with the words he penned. By the way, he did not write the song. His poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for a men's social club in London. Which would have been considered "pop" music at the time.

Did you know the National Anthem actually has four stanzas?

Oh, please!
Saint George, UT

rvalens2...Thank you for your comments. I disagree, however. I don't think Francis Scott Key would approve and I believe it is inappropriate it when celebrities and anyone else "embellish" the song.

Yes, I know that Key didn't write the music. And yes, I did know the National Anthem has four stanzas. But, I'm not sure how this relates to my previous comments you did not agree with.

Several years, one of my daughters was selected to sing the National Anthem at a high school sporting event. She sang it as written and not as a personal, musical statement. She received many thank yous and letters to the editor in the local paper expressing appreciation for singing it with dignity and respect. I only wish that we, as a nation, could give this song the dignity and respect it deserves as we enjoy it at the beginning of many events.

Thank you for the discussion and for the opportunity to share our differing opinions.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

@Oh, please!

Thanks for your reasonable and well thought out comments; I guess we'll just have to disagree on this one.

I just find it interesting that the music used to create the National Anthem was actually a "pop" song back in the day. As for the four stanzas comment, it wasn't really directed at you so much, as to inform others who might read these posts. Most people think the National Anthem only has one stanza because the other three are rarely sung.

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