I am always amazed that people can't remember the words!
I realize that there is a standard way to sing it and there are very few serious renditions of the song that I don't like. I even like the cheers of the crowd when it is sung well. I know that there is decorum that should be observed when it is sung:
If you're a man, you remove your hat.
Place your hand over your heart or stand at attention.
Sing or remain silent.
I get all that...
But, then there is something kinda cool about the Chicago Blackhawk fans cheering throughout the entire anthem!
Conservative, progressive, liberal or moderate, I don't think there is anything wrong with celebrating your country. I have no problem criticizing policy or politicians - but we can celebrate the fact that we live in a country in which we are free to do just that.
And we live in a country that allows a traditional anthem to become a virtual art form.
Here are three versions of the National Anthem that I like the most. And yes, you guessed it - of the three I love Marvin Gaye's version the best. I remember the night he sang it and even then it almost brought tears to my eyes.
Whichever version is your favorite - Happy Independence Day!