9/15/11: The Star-Spangled Banner
The “Star-Spangled Banner” is a song about war and resolve that began life as a drinking tune. We sing it all the time, but often struggle to sing it correctly. Even professional musicians sometimes butcher our anthem. In a time of uncertainty about national unity, the anthem is one of the few things that can get thousands of Americans to stand up as one. Guest host Matthew LaPlante looks at the song's complicated history and how it stacks up against other national anthems.
Guests from Today's RadioWest:
- Joe Price, National Anthem for the National Pastime
- David Hildebrand, 1812 Music
- Michael Huff, Utah Voices