The Definitive Star Spangled BannerPosted: July 4, 2013 | |
This morning, I woke up and found that a two other bloggers had posted nods to their favorite versions of The Star Spangled Banner. I’m good with that, Independence Day and all…
The first one I saw mentioned the Whitney Houston rendition of the song, as performed at the 1991 Super Bowl. Impressive? Yeah.
The next went with the Jimi Hendrix version, from Woodstock in 1969. Sure, Hendrix, I mean how do you not list that one?
You know, neither of them are wrong. But I’m throwing my favorite rendition out there for consideration.
There are clearer recordings of the Bruce Hornsby/Branford Marsalis version of the Banner I could have put up here for you. Because I am a life long Baltimore Orioles fan*, the Ripken game version had to be the one I used –
Simple. Pure. Right.
They even paused for the Orioles fans to yell “O!”, as required by law at all sporting events in the great state of Maryland.
God bless all the countries of the world, mine too.
* Any mention of my beloved Orioles requires me saying that what Peter Angelos has done to that franchise is shameful.