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#1 Anybodyhome

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:07 AM

Alicia Keys is performing the anthem for the Super Bowl and claims the song will be completely different. Are you okay with singers taking whatever liberties they want with the National Anthem?

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

As long as it's respectful I don't mind a little liberty with it... but I generally prefer it sung pretty traditionally.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

They should quit hiring people to sing the national anthem and just replay this on the jumbotron every Super Bowl:



It has never been done better than Whitney. Still to this day gives me goosebumps. I love the end when the look on her face tells you that she knows she nailed it.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

As an old jarhead, I tend to come down on the side of tradition too.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:20 AM

as long as it doesn't fall into cliches, i'm cool.

alicia keys seems to have some good musical sensabilities. not a walking vocal cliche like so many singers tend to be from any genre. the girl's got some ray charles in her. i'm anxious to see what she does with it. i don't expect it to come with a ton of over the top vocal flourishes, which happens waaayyy too much.

i've got no problem with people trying to make it their own, as long as they're trying to make it truly their own and not copy someone else who made it their own.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

as long as it doesn't fall into cliches, i'm cool.

alicia keys seems to have some good musical sensabilities. not a walking vocal cliche like so many singers tend to be from any genre. the girl's got some ray charles in her. i'm anxious to see what she does with it. i don't expect it to come with a ton of over the top vocal flourishes, which happens waaayyy too much.

i've got no problem with people trying to make it their own, as long as they're trying to make it truly their own and not copy someone else who made it their own.


That is why I always like Whitney's. It had enough of her stamp on it to make it her own without becoming pretentious and overdoing with the vocal acrobats.

I am a huge fan of Alicia Keys so I hope she does a great job and I think she will.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

I prefer traditional. Go on American Idol if you want to do all that woaahhwoaahhwoaaah stuff.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:26 AM

Long as they remember the words...

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

Me personally, tradition.

I didn't like the fact that Brady nor BB had their hands over their hearts yesterday, among many others I'm sure.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:28 AM

I don't mind. It's all done in respect, just a different interpretation.

Now when you can't remember the words or complete fug it up--thats what I'd call disrespectful. It's only the first verse, learn it.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:28 AM

Just what we need. Another over-souled national Anthem.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:29 AM



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

They should quit hiring people to sing the national anthem and just replay this on the jumbotron every Super Bowl:



It has never been done better than Whitney. Still to this day gives me goosebumps. I love the end when the look on her face tells you that she knows she nailed it.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

As long as it's tasteful, I don't care.

Frankly, my favorite part of any rendition is the very end when fans start to clap and scream for the game to get started. And if it's a big game, that's exactly why they are clapping and screaming. It's not so much because they loved the particular treatment the anthem received.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:30 AM

Just what we need. Another over-souled national Anthem.

Yea who needs soul. I prefer no passion whatsoever when I hear the anthem.