I know I’m feeling a tad bit irritated by the performance of The National Anthem tonight at the Super Bowl, and I know that I should just let it go. After all, I’m only one person and my opinion probably doesn’t mean much. But when I see (and hear) such an atrocious version sung at a huge event that is broadcast nationally (and to our military globally), I have to express my ire.
I know that singers want to show off their vocal acrobatic skill (or maybe it’s a lack of ability to hold a note?), but why do people feel the need to do this to The National Anthem? Aren’t there certain songs that should just be sung as they were written? Aren’t there any people who hold that song as something above the average song? It is a representation of our country’s history. And it is a solemn reflection of our honor for those who have sacrificed so much to keep our country free, an homage to the victories that made us a nation. It should be much more respectful and not treated like the next single sung on the radio or MTV. We need to take back our traditions, our honoring of our past and the heroes who gave their lives for our freedoms.
Let’s go back to the beautiful version of The National Anthem that was written for us so many years ago. And, more than that, let’s hold our hands over our hearts, showing the rest of the world that we still appreciate and love our country. And, lastly, get the lyrics right!
“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” ~ Confucius