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Happy 235th

This great land is 235 years old today. Happy Independence day, USA!

I woke up rather glad that today was going to be another free and relaxing day for me. After a while, I turned on the television to see and hear patriotic preachments and songs.  The US national anthem is a beautiful song especially if you listen to a great delivery of the song. Indeed, in the past, I had already assembled a few performances from some popular names. If you scour Youtube some more, you will undoubtedly come across other excellent renditions of the Star Spangled Banner.

However, I am in a light-hearted mood as of the moment—of course this does not mean that I had not already affected the right amount of staid gravity when  the national anthem was being delivered. But I was driven, if I may be so bold to say, to search Youtube precisely for those scenarios where a song of such supreme import to Americans was royally mangled in a crass bumbling manner. Yes for laughs–and why not? Today seems as good a day as any to watch people make a total fool of themselves to the utter consternation of a horrified public.

Please check out these comical butchering but nonetheless pathetic renditions of the Star Spangled Banner.

And finally, I know this is a parody of Aguilera’s mistake, but it is hilarious all the same:

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O’er The Ramparts…

When Christina Aguilera royally fumbled the national anthem last Sunday, I quickly remembered why I have never been impressed by her so-called singing talent. Now, granted, it is not easy to perform on a grand scale like this, but come on, she should have been more prepared. Did she take the gig and think she could just waltz on to the stage and render a patriotic piece flawlessly without some measure of preparation? And if she actually did prepare, does it mean that all the time she was doing it, she never bothered to figure out the exact words? Or was this a case of stage fright?

It couldn’t be, could it? I mean, performing in front of mammoth crowds is supposed to be her thing isn’t it? At any rate, after her miserable performance, I took the liberty of scouting for some better attempts. The Star Spangled Banner is a powerful and patriotic song—it deserves to be done right whenever it is done. Think about it—the Super Bowl is viewed in other countries as well, so it is only fitting that it be performed as close to perfection as possible.  But I hear you murmuring that you never learned the words to the song. Well here it is:

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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