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Have respect for National Anthem

To be invited to sing our National Anthem at any special event is undoubtedly a great privilege and honor. It is beyond me then why Beyonce Knowles (Super Bowl vocalist this year) and many, many others in the past have chosen to treat Francis Scott Key’s work with unnecessary and musically incorrect embellishments.

In my opinion, it not only denigrates our anthem but sacrifices it’s patriotic intent, all for the sake of “style.” (Remember Rosanne’s World Series rendition, complete with crotch-grabbing?)

Too, there is the matter of the almost always mis-sung “…banner yet waves.” It was written “ba-ner-er yet waves,” NOT “…ba-a-ner-er yet waves!” Three notes folks, not four! I won’t even go into Ms. Knowles’ ending and that last diminished note, whatever it was.



In any case, I feel that the song should stand as written – without embellishment, and without the artists’ “special touches.” It’s an insult to our national pride. For God’s sake, people, sing it right or decline any invitation to perform the work, sung or played. Save your cute little warbles, trills, and diminished ninths for the shower. At least there you won’t offend anyone except perhaps your dog, who is tone deaf anyway.

Terry Pittsford




Nevada City


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