13 January 2009

Two Link Tuesday: National Anthem

It's well known that the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a difficult piece of music to sing. The anthem requires a pretty significant range, but - almost as important - a whole load of confidence.

Today's Two Link Tuesday demonstrates two very different ways of performing this classic piece of music.

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Video 1: Jordin Sparks
Terrible. Absolutely terrible. I don't know whether Sparks has a singing voice on a good day, but if she does, then she left it behind for this performance. The few attempts at embellishment fall flat at best, and the cracking of her voice on anything approaching a high note is entirely off-putting.

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Vdeo 2: Carl Lewis
A wholly credible performance. Lewis stays in tune, keeps her pitches reasonably firm, and, despite some embellishments, stays pretty close to the melody. Note also the stage presence and self-assuredness of this American icon.

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