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Great Performances - Whitney Houston Sings The National Anthem

Last night, The Star-Spangled Banner, the official anthem of the United States of America, was sung by pop singer Christina Aguilera for the opening of Super Bowl XLV. Ms. Auguilera's rendition was, at best, a display of vocal agility and at worst, a self-important display with obvious flaws, including the incorrect lyrics being sung.


The National Anthem is a difficult song to sing, even when it is done traditionally. The majority of Americans do not even know the words, let alone attempt to sing them. Many celebrity singers have opened events with its performance over the years, to varying levels of success and attention. Basically, no one complains when you do a nice, traditional job on the Anthem, but everyone cries foul when it is misrepresented.


My two favorite renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner are both also performances that occurred at Super Bowls. The second is Whitney Houston's performance along with the Florida Orchestra in Super Bowl XXV. The arrangement is in 4/4 time rather than the traditional 3/4, which I don't particularly care for, but the grandeur of the orchestra along with Whitney's performance makes for a breathtaking job. Whitney Houston's flawless technique, clear enunciation, preservation of the original melody, yet tasteful ornamentation is a model for other popular singers to emulate. More than that, her obvious connection with the joy of singing and the significance of the song and the moment are written all over her face.

Posted by ★ Owner on February 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM 3697 Views

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