Monday, October 12, 2009
Edd's MANtra: The Best National Anthem
My young brother-in-law and I engaged in a pretty heated debated a few days ago and I come to you, the GeorgiaMae faithful, for your opinions.
My bro-in-law believes that the greatest rendition of our national anthem was performed by Beyonce at the 2004 Super Bowl. And while I'll agree that Beyonce did an excellent job, I don't think it compares to Whitney Houston's version 1991 of the Star-Spangled Banner.
In my view, Whitney's version is a much cleaner performance - Beyonce's is riddled with her annoying riffs. Of course, he doesn't see that at all.
I wonder if there is generation gap is playing a part in our decisions. My bro-in-law sees Beyonce as the greatest vocalist of ALL TIME. I think you can make a case for her being the best of this generation, but I don't think she can touch Whitney at her peak. In his defense, most people under 20 only know Whitney as Bobby Brown's drug-addled scarecrow, not a world-class vocalist.
But then again, as he gleefully points out, I only like "old man music" so maybe I'm not giving Bey enough credit.
I'd like to hear what you think.
Here's Beyonce's version. And here is Whitney's.
Which version is the best? Or do you prefer another artists' rendition?