One of the best American traditions is the playing of the national anthem before sporting events. Yesterday was the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, making the anthem especially meaningful to those in attendance.
In this case, the national anthem was being played before a basketball game at Fordham University in New York City.
Rather than having someone sing the anthem, the performer in this instance chose to play an electric guitar. Watch and see his rendition in the video below. It is impossible not to get goosebumps at the end.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as the national anthem of the United States of America in 1931. Before this date, many other songs had served as unofficial anthems for the USA such as “America the Beautiful” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” has the exact same tune as “God Save the Queen,” the British national anthem, which would have made for an awkward anthem pair had it been chosen instead.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is notoriously difficult to sing due to the range between its lowest and highest notes. This fact was even brought up in Congress in 1930 as they deliberated on which song to choose.
Nevertheless, “The Star-Spangled Banner” wound up being chosen, and now 86 years later, I think they made the right choice.
What is your favorite performance of our national anthem? Let us know in the comments!