Although "The Star-Spangled Banner" is unsingable for the majority of Americans, and even professional singers, more important reasons exist for choosing another song as our national anthem.
The song was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 during our war with the British and adopted in 1931 as our national anthem. The words are too specific and too militaristic, dealing with a one-day incident in a war with the British. Do "glaring rockets" and "bursting bombs" and the other phrases represent the essence of the values we cherish as a nation?
Moreover, the music was composed by an Englishman as a drinking song for a London social club.
"America the Beautiful" is much more appropriate. It is not about war, nor is it about the American flag. It is about America, the beauty of the land and the nobility of its people. The poem was written by Katharine Lee Bates, an Easterner who took a trip across America and recorded her vision of what made our country great. It describes both urban and rural life. It acknowledges our nation's past, points to its present virtues and expresses a goal that our nation should aspire to ("brotherhood"). Homage also is paid to those who have sacrificed themselves for their country (without glorifying war).
I vote for changing our national anthem. Until it is changed, I will do as I have for many years, stand to honor our country but silently sing "America the Beautiful."
Hilton Head Island