The renderings of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" (erroneously announced as the national anthem) on the Super Bowl XLV television broadcast were the latest abominable displays of steadily declining reverence to our flag and our country.
The performers, like many before them in recent years, have the mistaken idea that they are the objects of reverence, that it is all about them. Their off-tune vocal gymnastics are offensive in the extreme.
The national anthem is best rendered by a chest-filling brass band; "God Bless America" is a hymn, not some jazz variation.
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Francis R. Walsh Fripp Island