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What do you think of popsingers jazzing up the National Anthem?

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  • It is extremely disrespectful and tasteless
  • It is OK, I guess
  • I think it's great
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“I call it as I see it.”

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#24 Feb 5, 2013
Great White Snark wrote:
<quoted text>Alicia Keys sounded very good. She was very toned down. More than many of the other renditions we get stuck hearing.
She still used too many extra notes and it sounded more like a bedroom ballad than a patriotic anthem.

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#26 Feb 5, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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Canada's is worse. The old Soviet anthem was a beautiful piece of music though.
The anthem of France, Le Marseillie...is the best and most emotional.....see Casablanca....

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#27 Feb 5, 2013
Great White Snark wrote:
<quoted text>Alicia Keys sounded very good. She was very toned down. More than many of the other renditions we get stuck hearing.
I thought she did well, also.......some of us have made a lifestyle outta judging everything....

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#28 Feb 5, 2013
Depends how it's done. Some musicians simply want to express their connection and pride to their home Country. For others it's a publicity stunt. And for others it's a combination tinged with irony and disrespect. Back in the 1970s the bad boy band of the time (Sex Pistols) did a rendition of the British National Anthem which involved changing the words. Despite being immediately banned it's one of the better known and lasting of their endeavors. And nobody is offended by it these days; what is a big deal at the time often isn't later.


Nirvana made a jam session out of the U.S Anthem reportedly out of respect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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#29 Feb 5, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>I thought she did well, also.......some of us have made a lifestyle outta judging everything....
For Pete sake, it sounded more like a music style that somebody would sing to her sex partner, and drew more attention to her rather than the flag. The problem is that our National Anthem is being used by too many pop singers to showcase their musical prowess and creativity rather than to try to honor our country. They sing it more to entertain than to honor.

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#30 Feb 5, 2013
Sign of the Times...NO RESPECT...for those that died for Our Freedom..musicians of this caliber.. ARE just caring ABOUT their EGOS!!..I personally would have escorted them offstage.

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#31 Feb 6, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>I thought she did well, also.......some of us have made a lifestyle outta judging everything....
In my professional opinion, a true artist takes a body of work and applies their skills as said artist to that body of work in order to make it something special, something extraordinary. Anyone who actually thinks that the intent was to disrespect obviously doesn't understand the artist's craft or how an artist dedicates their lives to that craft.

So to them I say, if you don't like it, make yourself a frozen salisbury steak, put it on the TV tray, throw on a re-run of of Lawrence Welk and listen to Perry Como sing it.

My personal opinion, the true disrespect is when you take a national anthem and use it some kind of homage to a bunch of over grown, juiced out, highly paid circus performers, that are about to beat the living crap out of each other for advertising dollars.

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#32 Feb 6, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>She still used too many extra notes and it sounded more like a bedroom ballad than a patriotic anthem.
I never believed you and I would ever agree on anything however I'm in agreement with you here...

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#33 Feb 6, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>For Pete sake, it sounded more like a music style that somebody would sing to her sex partner, and drew more attention to her rather than the flag. The problem is that our National Anthem is being used by too many pop singers to showcase their musical prowess and creativity rather than to try to honor our country. They sing it more to entertain than to honor.
I disagree...i still saw most of the player's standing reverently, many with hands over their heart...Remember, this is a much anticipated football game, not a military review or Presidential inauguration...there is a difference in the general crowd.....

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#34 Feb 6, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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In my professional opinion, a true artist takes a body of work and applies their skills as said artist to that body of work in order to make it something special, something extraordinary. Anyone who actually thinks that the intent was to disrespect obviously doesn't understand the artist's craft or how an artist dedicates their lives to that craft.
So to them I say, if you don't like it, make yourself a frozen salisbury steak, put it on the TV tray, throw on a re-run of of Lawrence Welk and listen to Perry Como sing it.
My personal opinion, the true disrespect is when you take a national anthem and use it some kind of homage to a bunch of over grown, juiced out, highly paid circus performers, that are about to beat the living crap out of each other for advertising dollars.
.....Many are very uncomfortable about any form of change, from what they have alway's been used to....it is also the same reason, you see the almost cult-like reverence for the constitution.....like it should be followed, exactly as written, forever and ever....forgeting that it was written 230 years ago, by shopkeepers, planters and slave-owners.....people's general nature, is to be resistant to change.....Unfortuantly for the old-style fans of the anthem, Kate Smith isn't walking into that stadium......

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#35 Feb 6, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text> I disagree...i still saw most of the player's standing reverently, many with hands over their heart...Remember, this is a much anticipated football game, not a military review or Presidential inauguration...there is a difference in the general crowd.....
The reverence shown was for the fact that it was the National Anthem in spite of the tacky arrangement and not necessarily approval of the arrangement was performed more in a style appropriate for a woman ready to engage in sex. When I hear our National Anthem being jazzed up, I will still stand at attention while at the same time feeling disgusted at the slop artist performing it.

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#36 Feb 6, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>.....Many are very uncomfortable about any form of change, from what they have alway's been used to....it is also the same reason, you see the almost cult-like reverence for the constitution.....like it should be followed, exactly as written, forever and ever....forgeting that it was written 230 years ago, by shopkeepers, planters and slave-owners.....people's general nature, is to be resistant to change.....Unfortuantly for the old-style fans of the anthem, Kate Smith isn't walking into that stadium......
When popsingers make themselves the center of attention instead of allowing the anthem itself to be the center of attention, there is something wrong with the picture.

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#37 Feb 6, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>The reverence shown was for the fact that it was the National Anthem in spite of the tacky arrangement and not necessarily approval of the arrangement was performed more in a style appropriate for a woman ready to engage in sex. When I hear our National Anthem being jazzed up, I will still stand at attention while at the same time feeling disgusted at the slop artist performing it.
Alicia Keye's did none of that....your criticizms are getting too far over the edge.....i hope, it is meant simply to further dialogue.....

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#38 Feb 6, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>Alicia Keye's did none of that....your criticizms are getting too far over the edge.....i hope, it is meant simply to further dialogue.....
The singing of our National Anthem is supposed to honor our flag and our nation and not to be a showcase of an artists creativity which seriously detracts from the solemnity of the anthem when they sing it in the same style they would sing a love song with strong sexual overtones. For Pete's sake, this is the National Anthem and not "Let's Spend the Night Together". Unfortunately, too many people have absolutely no clue as to the real meaning of it and simply see it as nothing more than a habit to perform before an athletic event which can be disrespectfully jazzed up in a manner of their own choosing. Actually, the biggest fault is with the sports organizations who choose who is going to sing it.

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