‘Lift Every Voice’ 2.0

25 Jul

After I posted that last piece on “Lift Every  —  or is it Ev’ry? — Voice and Sing,” a friend sent me a video of jazz singer Rene Marie’s rendition. You’ll notice that the person who introduces her  — he calls her Rene “Martin” instead of  “Marie ” — announces that she is going to sing “our” national anthem.

When I first watched the video, I was unaware of the context, so when he said “our” I didn’t know which “we” he meant.Turns out that the occasion was the State of the City address in Denver in 2008 and the audience was expecting a straight up “Star Spangled Banner.”

Apparently, Marie’s rendition caused quite a stir, to put it mildly. WARNING: If you venture into the comment thread that accompanies the video, you might need an antacid.

One might argue that Marie should have at least given city officials a heads up. In her defense, she says no one would have complained had her offering included another traditionally patriotic song such as “America the Beautiful.”

I think it’s a brilliant mash-up. What do you think?

I’ve also included a rendition by Talisman, a Stanford University a capella group.  Enjoy this one too.

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