Skip to comments.Sarah McLachlan sings US and Canadian National Anthems
Posted on 05/20/2013 2:33:25 PM PDT by MarkBsnr
This shows one of the very best renditions of both the Canadian and American National Anthems. At a hockey game. In Vancouver. No mangling allowed.
Ignore any interviews she gives where some of her cockeyed ideas come out, and just listen to her singing.
Simply the best set of pipes on the planet.
True, she is reasonably nuts politically. But wow, does she ever get ON key and never lets go.
I think that Canada got the better tune, though. When I was Googling around, I kept reading complaints from Americans that the Canadians got the far better anthem.
It's the hardest song to sing and there has been more controversy over the singing of this single song than any other and it's time to get rid of it.
"America the Beautiful" fulfills the same meaning for this country and there have been many wonderful renditions sung by talented vocalists who would be hard pressed to screw it up.
As a side note, I'm also an advocate to remove the Michigan state bird, the robin, as our state bird and replace it with the chickadee.........The robins head south for the winter while the chickadees stay here and keep us amused with their company.
***** “It’s the hardest song to sing and there has been more controversy over the singing of this single song than any other and it’s time to get rid of it.” ******
If everyone could do it, it wouldn’t be special, just like our Country before Obama.
With tongue in cheek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaXzcTrY0Vg
Manowar's Warriors of the World United - given our history of (especially recent) warfare, it might not be as farfetched as one might suppose.
“It’s the hardest song to sing”
I used to think the exact same thing until I punching around on late night TV. Remember, the music began life as a pub drinking song. So you can imagine a bunch of men singing whatever words went with it.
At any rate, I’m punching through the channels and Kelsey Grammer Is on Letterman. Not a fan of Letterman, but Grammer sometimes say something interesting so I leave it there. Obviously the interview is finishing up, and Letterman asks Grammer if he would sing the national anthem. I’m thinking it must some set up for a gag. Nope. Grammer stands up and sings the best version of the song I have ever heard.
He starts out really low, when he gets to what are usually the high parts, he is only up to a normal voice (remember the music was written for a bunch of MEN singing in a bar). Instead of sounding like his vocal cards are about to be ripped out, Grammer just storms through it effortlessly.
I had no idea Kelsey Grammer sang, and I am now convinced, the song has been sung in the wrong key for 200+ years.
Invest in a live album of hers called “Mirror ball” and your ears will enjoy about and hour and a half long feast. Simply superlative.
Yea, good point. If we didn't have a lousy rendition of the Star Spangled Banner to complain about, the rest of life would be good and wonderful.........
LOL! I was taught by a wonderful high school music teacher the importance of enunciation and tremendously improved my ear for music, so I don’t like so-called professional singers that mangle any song. XD That said, aside from her political point of view, I’ve found Ms. McLachlan to be a very classy, professional performer/musician. “Sweet Surrender” is still one of my all time faves of hers.
So you have never heard a “Good” Rendition?
It really isn’t that hard...
I have heard many at Baseball Games ...
Best pipes and worst gray matter on the planet, agree.
Posession is simply stunning. Is she back to being straight yet?
“Wear Your Love Like Heaven”, an incredible version by SM.
I am always thrilled by the Canadian anthem above every country's, except "God Save The King (or Queen)" and our in-your-face Song of Soul-liberty, in the breadth and majesty of "The Star Spangled Banner," now the firm signature story of our Sovereignty, a gift from the God of The Bible (not from Allah, who had no Son, nor liberty as a concept). It was not chosen simply for ease of singing, nor was Canada's.
I have long advocated “America the Beautiful” as the national anthem. It is certainly a more “American” song than the “The Star Spangled Banner”.
I have, but that wasn't my point...........
for every good one there has been an absolute awful one......case in point being the subject of this thread in case you missed it.
Other than the fact that they were soul less butchering Commies, the Soviet National Anthem is pretty good.
La Marseillaise ain’t to shabby either.
Would you like me to post a complementary rendition by Roseanne Barr to reinforce my argument?
George Jones wrote a song ... those folks that pick the singers are more culpable than the Singers ... they obviously did not Vet their product...
George Jones is only applicable to this discussion because he was snubbed... but Alan Jackson made him Immortal.
I don’t know what business you are in... if I didn’t know (Vet)(he product that I was pumping and it turned out bad... my resume would have been out the door stamped and in the Mail with a Post Mark dated prior to the incident...
Just a couple observations
How interesting. About what year would that have been? Maybe it is on YouTube.
More than 10 years ago. I’ve told that story several times and many times had people say something like, “oh yea he also sang it at such and such event.” I’ve looked around on U-Tube but I never seem to be able to find anything there.
OK, thanks. After reading your description, I’d love to hear it!
I hope "America the Beautiful" never becomes our national anthem. It's a good patriotic song, but is at times cornball (alabaster cities?), and unlike our current National Anthem, it is too passive. "The Star-Spangled Banner" exhorts us to "conquer we must, for our cause, it is just." It even includes a Bible reference: "no refuge can save the hireling and slave" (see Job 7:2).
The second verse includes these lines:
"Through the storms shone the light of freedom, and the great Lenin has shown us the way. Stalin has raised us to obey the will of the masses. He has inspired us to work hard and perform heroic deeds."
The refrain concludes with:
Flag of the Soviets. Flag of the people.
Carry it from one victory to another.
Thanks to you for posting and Sarah for her sincere and great work in singing our U.S. Anthem. That was beautiful. Well done.
Best video ever filmed of a national anthem. Improved when you realize most of the actors and extras, even those playing the Germans, were refugees from the Nazis.
Best SB Anthem rendition....Tom Sullivan....SB X.
Funny. Though it is fair to point out that Louis XVI was actually one of the most decent human beings ever to sit a throne.
Which, admittedly, is not a particularly high mark.
George III was also a pretty good egg who got the very short end of the stick.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWDXE9Pbjic&feature=player_embedded And it has William Shatner!!!
I happen to like her Afterglow Live CD/DVD set a little better than Mirrorball. Yes, she’s a loony Lilith lib, but she is an amazing talent. And the live performance she does of “Possession” from Afterglow is just...it’s stunning. Not just the vocals, but her stage presence, and how hard and tight her band rocks out behind her.
Whenever I watch “Toy Story 2” when she sings “When She Loved Me”, I lose it every time.
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