Happy 4th of July, 2013

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you have a fun and safe holiday while celebrating the  anniversary of our Nation’s Independence!

Just wanted to post two quick versions of the Star Spangled Banner guitar style.

I recently saw Yngwie Malmsteen in San Diego and he performed a tribute to the military with a rendition of the National Anthem( bottom video)

The top video is Yngwie performing the SSB at a Miami Marlins baseball game. I could lament how I think the Anthem should be played traditionally when played for events but c’mon lets face it no one really watches Marlins baseball anyway. Musically he does a remarkable job incorporating all his guitar fireworks into the structure of the song.

Enjoy your freedoms like they mean something to you! Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day – Jose Feliciano

Here is a link to a previous post I wrote about Jose Feliciano’s interpretation of the National Anthem. I first heard this version this year and personally really enjoyed it. Jose suffered serious career implications from the reaction to his anthem. So my goal is to give Jose, a great musician, his props and share the version 40 plus years later…actually now comparatively a very tame version.

 

Previous post on Feliciano’s National Anthem Interpretation.

 

Here is the video.