Some thoughts on Gene Weingarten’s New National Anthem:
- I, for one, think it’s pretty nifty that the first verse of the Old National Anthem ends in a question mark. (Gene disagrees.)
- While appropriating an overture from an Italian opera — an Italian opera based on a German drama about a Swiss folk hero, at that — may seem a trifle precipitate, it’s no more so than rewriting an old English drinking song.
- There is, I suspect, a limit to how many words Christina Aguilera can learn for a single tune.
Still, the Weingarten proposal has much to recommend it. For one thing, it doesn’t mention fruited plains, an integral component of an oft-proposed alternative anthem, which always made me giggle as a kid. The National Anthem should not induce giggles.
(Via Bayou Renaissance Man.)