A stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” uploaded to YouTube today has been hailed as an apt tribute to the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Turns out it is actually a tradition at the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s conference in Louisville for hundreds of high school music students to belt out the national anthem from the balconies inside the Hyatt hotel every night at 11 p.m, WDRB reports. But in any event, watching the video will certainly get Americans psyched to root for Team USA.
Inspiring. Why can't we do it like that at every sporting event and public gathering? Instead of 10,000 people standing there mute while listening to one person put on a performance, why can't we fill entire stadiums with the sound of people singing their national anthem? Aren't we a democracy, after all? It happened once at a NJ Devils game I attended. The soloists' microphone didn't work, so several thousand hockey fans took matters into their own hands and started belting it out in unison. It was really stunning and the words really meant something that day!