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August 11, 2008 2:43 PM

Star-spangled outrage continues to build

Posted by Ron Judd

medals.JPGThe U.S. men's 400 freestyle relay team -- L-R, Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak -- on the medal stand. Do they even recognize the tune? (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.)

Another missive has been launched at the hideous Chinese version of our national anthem played during gold medal ceremonies for U.S. athletes -- this one from John, an actual expert and a reader of this blog responding to the recent item about the botched anthem during the first Michael Phelps medal ceremony. He opines:

Yes, they cut-off the National Anthem... BUT what is worse is that the
"arrangement" of our National Anthem is AWFUL. First, it is played by an
orchestra and should be performed instead by a BAND like the US Marine Band
in Washington DC.

Second, the arrangement is "tricked up" and is filled
with harmonic suspensions which smply don't fit. It frankly creates a
very "feminine" kind of impression, almost "impressionistic" in the French
musical composer's tradition. It sounds AWFUL! And, it is way too slow!

I have a doctoral degree in music and conduct a university band... I know
what I'm talking about -- get me the US Marine Band or US Army Band in
Washington and burn the recording that they have in Beijing!!!

Amen, brother.

We could not concur more, and hasten to add: We're going to have to listen to this thing a LOT in the next couple weeks:

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