Is The National Anthem a Good Gauge for Talent?

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  1. jtindle

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    If so, Steven Tyler fails ;)

    He sang before the Patriots/Ravens game and even though I was a big Aerosmith fan back in the early years and still like those early albums, that was pretty much terrible.

    I would like to hear Plant, Daultry, Alice Cooper, Jagger and others sing the National Anthem and see how good it would be.
     
  2. Fitzer

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    No. That's arguably one of the hardest songs to sing.
     
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    I dont know why people keep asking him to sing it!?!? Its never good!

    Its a very difficult song to perform, one of my hobbies is watching singers bomb at it. Just about every time its bad, its because singers start too high.

    Plant Daultry,Jagger singing the American National Anthem? That would be strange.
     
  4. SteveO

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    It's not exactly a rock and roll song, so many rock singers are going to be somewhat out of their comfort zone while singing it. If it had some "Shooga-debooga-wee-wows" in it, Tyler would have been a natural.
     
  5. Average Joe

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    It's certainly a test of taste if not talent. Just about every performance of it by some rock/pop/othervise famous person overdoes it with the embellishments and crescendo. It's an anthem, it doesn't need the endless riffing of a Mariah Carey song (even most of hers doesnt need that treatment). Just sing the bleeding melody clearly and to the point.
     
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    We need more Guitar versions...

     
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    Surprised me that he picked such a high key; but I thought he rocked it.
     
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    Yep.

    Imagine, oh, John Lee Hooker singing the National Anthem? Total fail. Talentless? Not hardly.
     
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    Boom boom boom boom, by the dawn's early light...

    Works for me.
     
  10. stevel

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    So it's a good song to gauge SKILL, not talent :)

    Steve
     
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    It was okay-you get what you get, Steven Tyler singing the National Anthem. Pretty much what I would have expected. Not many rock singers could actually do a great job with it. Ann Wilson could surely do it, but most rock singers aren't opera singers (thankfully).
     
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    Style, song writing and phrasing is how I judge talent. I could care less how well someone sings the National Anthem.
     
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    That's what I've heard many times over. I'd be more than willing to play it on guitar or bass. Sing it? Never in a million years.
     
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    Not necessarily, but it is a test to see who can stow their ego and sing it straight instead of bebopping and scatting all over the place. WTF is that hand wave thing Christina Aguilera, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey and the others do? Why-do they need to see the difference in pitch?
     
  15. Lucky one

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    I enjoyed it, I've heard a lot worse. it takes guts.
     
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    No.
     
  18. monty

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    Alice cooper would be interesting for sure, but to be honest I just like it done with respect.
     
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    I thought he did a decent job with it. I'd say it's more a gauge of a singer's range, than overall talent.
     
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    Yes, it tells you a lot about a singer's approach.
     

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