Here are two versions of The Star-Spangled Banner, with decidedly different sounds.
The first is an a cappella performance by the Gaither Vocal Band, noted for their amazing harmonies:
The second version is non-traditional, by Madison Rising, “America’s Most Patriotic Rock Band.” The lead singer, Dave Bray, served in the Navy as a corpsman for the Marines, so you might say he’s earned the right to express himself.
Which do you prefer? Or do you have another favorite?
Click here for a fascinating story of the preservation and restoration of the original star-spangled banner.