Alicia Keys has confirmed reports she'll be performing at the Super Bowl, and insists her version of the national anthem before the big game will be like no other.
The singer/songwriter will join Beyoncé in New Orleans for the football final next month between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, and she admits she has a lot of work to do when she returns home from President Barack Obama's inauguration celebrations this week.
Speaking at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where she's promoting her new movie, "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," Keys says, "I'm really excited about it, I can't even lie. I have to rehearse it totally, as if it's a brand-new song, because it is actually a brand new song in the style that I'll deliver it. I'm actually rehearsing it like a maniac."
The reason you don't take liberties with the National Anthem is the same reason you don't change the notes or the words for Handels Messiah or Mozart's Requiem. Not that the U.S. National Anthem has the same artistic depth of those other works, but it commands the same level of dignity. I would say the same thing about any country's national anthem. National Anthems are works of art that transcend artistic interpretation; they are symbolically sacred. It's an inappropriate time and place to take extreme artistic license. A little personality is fine, but there must be a line with works such as these.
One of the problems in this country is that everyone wants to tear down the culture of responsibility,respect and tradition for God knows what!
I may be old and out of date with the "Now Things", b ut that song is like the flag, I fought in Nam for them and don't like them being fasion things to play with..
"LEAVE IT AND THE FLAG ALONE" The make a perfect pair as they were written and created.