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Home of the brave

by Nick Vitrano

For most, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the one thing with which you just don’t mess.  My grandfather used to say, “There’s no reason to do all that crap to that song.  Just sing it.”  I think most feel that way, just sing it the way it's composed, and I think it stems from a basic principle – “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a tribute to our country, for what we stand, and to all who have taken and continue to take the oath to defend it.  It’s not about the performer.  Hubris knows few equals than he who uses that pre-game platform to showcase his own talents. 

But I have to admit that I do not mind the individual who chooses to take our anthem to another level, who is inspired, through the very freedoms that our flag promises, to go somewhere few would dare venture.  Now I’m not talking about breaking this off prior to a Brewers-Reds game in July, but comedian Daniel Tosh once remarked, “No one has the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ on their iPod.”  Well, here's an iPod worthy version for ya: