The Star-Spangled Banner Introduction
Did you ever hear Roseanne Barr's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner?
Belted out before a game between the Padres and the Reds, Roseanne was hoping to get a laugh, but most in the crowd didn’t find the comedian very funny. Boos were pouring down before she got to the land of the free and the home of the brave, and in the days that followed, the sit-com star was blasted from sea to shining sea (oh wait, that’s a different patriotic song (***THE MODULE FOR “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND CAN BE LINKED TO HERE***)
Barr later said she was having trouble hearing herself over the sound system, but her real problem was that she forgot that, for many people, the national anthem is a "sacred" song—a powerful expression of American values that should be sung with respect and without alteration.
They may be right, but the song has not always enjoyed this iconic status. It has only been recognized as the United States' national anthem for sixty years. And while today it is sung everywhere from the Capitol to the ballpark, in the beginning it was more likely to be heard in a tavern.
About the Song
|Writer(s)||Francis Scott Key (words), John Stafford Smith (music)|
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Initially, the song competed with other patriotic songs for center stage on holidays, but eventually “The Star-Spangled Banner” was elevated to its official status. Yet not all Americans have viewed the song in the same way. While many believe that “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a sacred expression of American values and should be sung without alteration, others have taken liberties with the song’s lyrics and arrangement. One of the first to sing the song in an untraditional way was José Feliciano. His performance before the fifth game of the 1968 World Series outraged many, but others argued that his innovation was protected by the right of free speech, one of the core values represented by the national anthem.