For some viewers, Joel’s attempt to put a funky spin on the national anthem this weekend ended on a sour note.
The four-time Grammy nominee appeared in an all-white outfit and cowboy hat She sings “The Star Spangled Banner” Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 kick-off.
As real as she is, she accompanies herself on an acoustic guitar.
But – as is often the case with musicians who do orchestrated work an effort To add, um, a creative flourish to the anthem—her rendition sparked mixed reactions on Twitter and other social media platforms.
One guy “slayed the National Anthem gem in the Indy 500” books. “People were trying to sing but couldn’t because of the way she sang it. What a shame.”
added last: “I’m sorry, but the national anthem should never change like this. Good artist, bad choice!”
Others, however, offered praise—or at least defended Gem’s choice to stray from the tried-and-true interpretation of the song.
One listener “I thought it was a great arrangement and it fits her style” chirp. “Personally, I never cared for it or its sound, but there have certainly been secret renditions of our national anthem far worse than this one.”
“Absolutely beautiful,” books last. “I had to cry. Excellent performance!”
Earlier this month, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Bowles advertiser Al-Jawhara’s rendition of the national anthem will be an “unforgettable and moving experience for the fans.” Whether all viewers will endorse his choice of words is questionable, though it’s safe to say he got a lot of them talking.
Interestingly, the gem gave Similar performance From “The Star Spangled Banner” at the start of the 2023 NBA All-Star Game, held Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City. However, the social media response to this rendition was minor in comparison.
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