Change The National Anthem?

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    The Star Spangled Banner is notoriously hard to sing. The lyrics are a bit of tongue twister and most of us cannot hit the high notes. Should we consider changing over to something easier, like "God Bless America" or "This Land Is Your Land"?

    Your thoughts?


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    LOL...yeah. Christina screwed it up at the Super Bowl yesterday!!!
     
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    Yes, and that is what prompted me to ask this. (Not that such a flub is excusable by a professional singer.)

    You practically have to be an opera singer to carry off the Star Spangled Banner. Wouldn't something easier be more suitable?
     
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    I heard someone say that "God Bless America" was considered to be the "official alternative national anthem," but I was not able to verify that. Personally I would vote for "O Beautiful" (~ for spacious skies ~ for amber waves of grain ~~)
     
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    Ya, so would I. Great song.
     
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    I like both songs but would not favor a change. I think the "messing up" comes with the pressure in singing it in front of a crowed. These professional singers sing their own songs over and over and over again. They rarely sing the national anthem in front of large crowds. Personally I think it's from lack of preparation...I could be wrong though.

    I was only wrong once, and it was when I thought I was wrong but I was actually right...lol j/k:razz:
     
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    Well, like I said, it's not really about whether the professionals can cover the song. It's about us regular folk. I have nowhere near the range the Star Spangled Banner requires and never have had.

    I think it'd be nice if we had an anthem I didn't have to lip sync.
     
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    America the Beautiful.

    I saw Smokey Robinson segue from the Star Spangled Banner into America the Beautiful when I was a kid and thought it was fantastic.

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    It's not THAT hard..The trick is to start in a key you can maintain and be able to hit the notes without warbling or screeching.
     
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    I love the Star Spangled Banner. I think the lyrics are awesome.
     

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