Patriotic or Just Plain Awful?

The 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season started with an interesting version of the National Anthem by Madison Rising.  It’s certainly different than any version I’ve heard before.  So different that I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it. In case you missed it here it is:

Some would argue they added a touch of creativity to a song we’ve all heard and sung hundreds of times.  Others would say that the National Anthem is one song that shouldn’t be messed with.

Lead singer Dave Bray, a U.S. Navy Veteran, had this to say about the band’s performance, ”Yes, we took some liberties, but we were already taking some liberties with it musically and melodically. We wanted to make it a rock song people could sing and enjoy. The reverence is still there, but it has sort of taken on the death march in a way. It’s very sullen and sung in a very sullen way. We thought it should be more of a celebratory rock anthem.”

So what do you think about Madison Rising’s version and performance of the National Anthem?  Cool? Different? Unpatriotic? Just plain awful? Let’s hear your thoughts?

In the event the version above left you needing to hear the National Anthem sung in a more traditional way this should do the trick:

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2 thoughts on “Patriotic or Just Plain Awful?”

  1. Well big brother I would have to say that Carrie Underwood more than knocked that performance out of the park it was probably, no in fact that was the best rendition of the National Anthem I have ever heard. If that didn’t get your heart pumping about this Great Nation then I think you have some soul searching to do. On the flip side I realize people try to doctor up songs to suite a new era but in this case the proof is in the pudding. I vote two thumbs up for Carrie and two big thumbs down for Madison Rising. No contest. Just my honest opinion.

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