Star Spangled Banner Essay

624 Words Oct 3rd, 2010 3 Pages
The Star Spangled Banner
Patriotism reflects the affection and reverence one has for the nation they were born in and lived their whole life. Devotion to country can be shown through many different ways of which one is the recitation of the nation’s national anthem. The people of the United States of America display their loyalty to their nation by reciting “The Star Spangled Banner.” Over the last seventy-nine years many singers have sung the U.S national anthem, but there are four renditions that are widely recognized. Each version of the anthem sung by different artists over time mirrors different passions, but always ends up showing the pride and loyalty the artists feel for their nation, The United States of America. The version
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Unlike, the U.S. Air force Band and Jimi Hendrix, The Gaither tends to stretch out certain lyrics of the song in order to highlight the importance of the fact that our flag symbolizes the utter patriotism of the Americans, still lives on. The artists’ goal through their performance is to show the audience the eternal and everlasting affection they have for The United States of America. Whitney Houston, a member of the Florida Orchestra performs the national anthem in a really impressive condition. Her patriotism and loyalty she has for her country shines through her voice and the high notes and stretches she hits during the song. These things are an apparent example of the endless amount of admiration and loyalty she feels for her country. The drums and other various instruments in the background help embellish her of “The Star Spangled Banner.” She achieves her purpose of making her way into the hearts of the listeners during her performance with her high notes of the song. Each of the four renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” has one thing in common; they all elicit a strong sense of nationalism, patriotism and eternal love for the country, but each version also gives off different kinds of feelings, each of which are opposite from the other. Each singer has a different kind of emotion that they hope to elucidate through their performance, but at

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