That was from Monday and from the responses on the Internet, people hated it. Butchering the National Anthem like that doesn’t sit well with people and I understand that.
But that takes me to another point: is it even necessary to even sing the National Anthem?
I understand why we do it. We celebrate the great opportunities and freedoms that this country gives us (like sports) and by singing the National Anthem, we bring forth the greatness of our country.
But if we do that, then shouldn’t we sing the National Anthem when we go to Wal-Mart? Only in America can we get low prices like that.
My issue is not against America. But every time I go to sporting events these days I just don’t care about the National Anthem. Whenever I am told to stand and honor the flag, ushers tell me to stop walking and whatnot. What if I want to get into my seat at that time? What if I want to go buy nachos? What if I had to go pee?
During the backdrop of war (as the song is about war), it’s fitting. But when we’re not, I just feel that we don’t really have to do it.
I remember watching The Simpsons one day and it was the episode that featured Homer as the boxer. Before his match started, they announced that “due to popular demand, we are going to forgo the National Anthem”. That’s my feeling a lot of the time. (The video clip is here.)
If we polled people, how many of them would be OK with skipping it? After all, if artists like The Fray are going to perform it and make it sound so bad, is it even worth it to do it anymore?
Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this. But for some time, I’ve just felt so forced and limited with the National Anthem at sporting events. I am OK if we still have it before every single sporting event. But do we have to?
Back onto the topic of the actual song. I am totally OK with an artist putting a little twist to the National Anthem but if they are going to do it, make it recognizable.
The Fray made it hard to listen to and even though it was different, it just didn’t seem right. It was a couple wrong chords and I just felt empty after listening to it.
If you’re going to put a twist on the anthem, at least do it where it sounds good and it inspires the people. It has to be memorable. It just has to feel right.
Here are three of my favorite renditions of the National Anthem.