Christina Aguilera’s National Anthem
Okay, this whole national anthem turmoil just got turned up a notch. I asked you to watch the video of Shai Warfield-Cross, a seventh-grade student who sings the national anthem for sports events at Bloomington Indiana High School. She has been receiving flak for putting her own twist on “The Star-Spangled Banner” in spite of doing a lovely job for such a young girl.
I also asked you to listen to Christina Aguilera at the Super Bowl when she sang the national anthem to see if she, too, put her slant on the song, which is not an uncommon thing. Little did I know that she would not only add her own flavor to it, but that she would put her own words to it as well. The comments out there on Twitter are decidedly unhappy with her performance. If you missed it, you’ll need to watch this video, and see for yourself.
I challenge you to watch these two videos. If you don’t walk away feeling that Shai’s rendition of our national anthem far exceeds Christina’s, I will be seriously surprised. See for yourself.
And enjoy the rest of the Super Bowl.