It's a damn tough song to sing, that one we often hear on July 4th, but that didn't stop 'em from designating Francis Scott Key's clunky and tortuous little tune
as the US national anthem. People have struggled with it ever since. There was one guy, though, who, back in 1969, performed a soaring, acid-drenched, whammy-barred and noise-punctuated version of it that still stands as one of the most daringly adventurous and poignant moments in American musical history: Mr Jimi Hendrix and his amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner
If you were watching the Orioles-A's game from Camden Yards tonight, you saw a guy playing the National Anthem on an electric violin made out of a baseball bat. This is how that looks and sounds
. This is the guy talking about and showing off his Louisville Slugger violin
. And this is the Washington Post profile
of Glenn Donnellan, a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the maker and player of the world's only electric baseball bat violin.
Part of the current immigration discussion is a lot
about the proper lyrics
to an old English drinking song [mp3]
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a resolution
saying the national anthem should be sung in English. President Bush was for singing the anthem in Spanish
; now he's against it
The US Bureau of Education commissioned a Spanish-language version
in 1919 and the State Department has otras versiones en español
on its web site. "The Star-Spangled Banner"
became the US national anthem in 1931.
The origins of the Star-Spangled Banner
may come as a surprise to many Americans. The tune
was originally that of an old English drinking song
about a gentlemen's club, the Anacreontic Society
. Of course, the words may have changed
, but the song remains the same
Thanks to Adbusters for the spark.
Yngwie Malmsteen Concert causes Riots in Porto Alegre....
for playing the Star-Spangled banner as a solo... Whoo Hoo... 80's Hair Metal rocker from another country makes a stand... sheesh.. if I was cynical, I'd almost think he did it to get back into the news.
New US National Anthem? Slate
's Dialogue this week is about alternatives to "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the US national anthem. Should we keep it? If we replaced it, what should we replace it with?