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Oversinging & Murdering the National Anthem

Peter K. sends in this stick-a-hatpin-in-your-ears example of national-anthem butchery, this time at the hands of an 11 year old girl who held an entire Dallas soccer stadium hostage as she slowly tortured “The Star-Spangled Banner” to death.

It’s not that the kid can’t carry a tune. I checked out some of her other performances online. She can sing. It’s that in the national anthem performance, she engaged in oversinging — that trashy-baroque, show-offy style that has become so popular. I hate that stuff, with its hyper-emoting egotism. It’s everywhere. Somebody needs to stop this poor kid before she damages her vocal cords and her reputation.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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