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For once I would like to hear the national anthem sang without frills, without up and down sounds, without trying to outdo someone else who has sung it before and changed it for their own personal sound.
We need a cowgirl or a cowboy from a rodeo show or a good old country singer who respects the song and not try to show off their "talents." And please, please, learn the song before you go public. I know we could get better results from any member of the armed services.
The person singing the national anthem should come before an audition panel and sing the song just the way it is going to be sung publicly. It should be determined whether or not it is fitting to be sung at all, let alone at an event where millions are watching and listening.
May God bless America and may God bless our troops.