Doug Ross sent this to Kathryn to send to me, with this message:
Please send this to Brad. I think his head will explode.
I don’t know why he didn’t sent it directly to me. I could probably figure out why, but my head just exploded.
Yep, I think that ranks as the worst, least respectful version of our anthem I’ve heard.
OK, so maybe the Roseanne Barr version was worse, because it was intentionally disrespectful. This Stacey Q person, whoever she is, probably thought she was doing something good. So it ranks as the worst that didn’t mean to be the worst.
Why can’t these kids today do it in the proper, traditional manner, the way they did it in my day (see the clip below)?
Seriously, though, my favorite that comes immediately to mind is the version that Ken Burns used during the opening credits of each episode of his “Baseball” series. It’s by the Big League Orchestra, and you can hear it here. I think what really makes it for me is the never-ending roll on the snare drums. That creates a tension, an excitement, that stirs the blood all the way through. Or something. Maybe Phillip could explain it.