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No disrespect to National Anthem

In response to the letter written on Feb. 9, which objected vehemently to vocalists embellishing on our National Anthem:

As a classically trained vocalist, I believe I have credible musical opinion. I also am a proud American. I agree with the letter-writer that being invited to sing the National Anthem is an incredible honor, and one to be taken very seriously.

However, I completely disagree with nost of the remainder of the letter. A vocalist adding his or her own touches to the National Anthem greatly adds to the beauty and power of the song. I wholeheartedly agree the Roseanne’s rendition was extremely disrespectful, but, let’s face it – Roseanne can’t sing. Beyonce Knowles can!



Whitney Houston’s 1991 Super Bowl performance is one of the most awe-inspiring and patriotic moments I can think of, and it certainly would not have been the same without her “unnecessary and musically incorrect embellishments.”

Who cares if a vocalist sings “banner yet waves” in four notes instead of three? I do not believe that a vocalist embellishing on our National Anthem is in any way disrespectful; I believe it is a beautiful way to express love for this great country in which we live.




Melanie Marsico

Nevada City


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