Singing our national anthem

By Willis Webb


As I sit at the desk in my “man cave” (Life Mate’s name for it) in the pre-dawn hours of Independence Day 2013, I think about strained vocal chords. Mine, when I try to sing The Star Spangled Banner, even in my mind as I’m doing now, it hurts. It makes me wince when I think about all the butchered solo renditions I’ve heard at Independence Day celebrations, meetings, conventions, sporting events and other such gatherings. Some people just shouldn’t try to sing that song solo. And, frankly, no one would want to stand next to me in a group singing the national anthem. I “scoop” (my high school choir director’s term) drastically in trying to make the octave and a half range of the anthem.
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