Tuesday, May 25, 2010

How We've Changed

Remember the last time you heard the "Star-Spangled Banner" at a sports event? There's a good chance it was pretty bizarre, jazzed up in some way. I can understand the motivation for this: the song is played at every such event, so it's ubiquitous in our culture. Any artist is going to want to personalize it a bit. But usually the results are, as Tom Friedman might say, suboptimal.

Think about that when you read this story from 1940: Stravinsky Arrested for Rearrangement of National Anthem.

1 comment:

  1. so beautiful. i thought it was a joke at first. Its just so hard to believe.