This week radio show host Bill Press called “The Star Spangled Banner” an “abomination.”
“First of all, it ranges two octaves; most people can only do, kind of, one octave,” said Press. “It’s more than a pet peeve. It is a major crusade of mine. A major cause of mine and that is, to get rid of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’”
Several celebs and high profilers have come out against Press in defense of the National Anthem, including NYPD officer Daniel Rodriguez who sang the song at the first Yankees game after 9/11.
“I was at Ground Zero when the [Twin Towers] came down. At that Yankee game, I felt the pride of our country,” Rodriguez told FOX411.com. “I couldn’t even hear myself because people were screaming with tears when I started singing ‘And the rockets’ red glare.’ It was triumphant.”
I sang this amazing song this evening at the Ascend Alliance gala at Thanksgiving Point. I think, out of every song I’ve ever sung, this one has been-and continues to be-my favorite. Forget about the two octave range-most singers know it’s not that big of a deal if you’re singing a capella, because you get to choose whatever note you want to start on. It’s not about the difficulty-it’s about the story. It’s about our country’s fight for freedom.
I’ve sung this song at baseball, basketball, and soccer games. I’ve sang it on the radio at 7am and at the Energy Solutions Arena at 8pm. I’ve sung it for thousands of people at Provo’s Stadium of Fire and for just a small handful of people at a pinewood derby race.
And not once-not EVER-have I thought “Man! This song stinks. Someone should come up with a new anthem for our country.”
How could anyone possibly improve on the poetry of Francis Scott Key? Or forget the history behind the lyrics?
I think anyone who doesn’t feel some sort of deep connection to the song, or isn’t moved by it’s powerful music is missing a patriotic puzzle piece. What Bill Press said bothers me, period.
What do you think of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner?” How has it’s message and music affected your life?