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Old 11-01-2012, 06:30 PM
FoieGrasIsEvil FoieGrasIsEvil is offline
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What are your favorite patriotic songs that are rendered unconventionally?

This applies to all nations. As a US citizen, we have a pretty rich history of Sousa marches, military cadences, songs, etc. Many are written for big bands or even symphonies...but what national patriotic songs do you like that have been transposed for a single instrument that otherwise wouldn't be used to play these songs? Or a capella?

I offer acoustic guitar renditions of "The Stars And Stripes Forever"

Doug Smith plays a pretty good version here (and I love his comments about being a "longhaired son of a Marine Dad": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f5WR...eature=related

And then of course, Chet Atkins chimes in on the same song (video seems kinda crappy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8BDY...eature=related

I do have to say though, that this transposition of this song for guitar looks incredibly difficult to play. Anyone ever tried to play this?
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:59 PM
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Uncle Bonsai's a capella rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. They worked out this version when they were asked to sing the anthem at a Sonics game.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:55 AM
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Uncle Bonsai's a capella rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. They worked out this version when they were asked to sing the anthem at a Sonics game.
That's a folk trio? I need to give folk another chance. That was awesome. (Thought it was going to be hokey for a bit, but then it wowed me.)
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:13 AM
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Queen (well, mostly, guitarist Brian May) has a version of "God Save the Queen" (many Americans think of the tune as "My Country 'Tis of Thee") on A Night at the Opera; it became the band's signature final song at concerts (usually accompanied by Freddie Mercury taking his bows while wearing a crown and a fur-trimmed cape).

May still plays the song, including at Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee in 2002.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:38 PM
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I fully expected Jimi Hendrix Star Spangle Banner" to be the first example given. O.K. I feel old now...
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:16 PM
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Ray Charles's "America the Beautiful" will always stand out for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yaetvTj5DE
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:30 PM
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I fully expected Jimi Hendrix Star Spangle Banner" to be the first example given. O.K. I feel old now...
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Ray Charles's "America the Beautiful" will always stand out for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yaetvTj5DE
These were exactly the two and only songs that came to my mind when I read the thread title.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:36 PM
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Another vote for Hendrix.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:37 PM
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Hendrix.

I keep lobbying for my school to play that one every Monday morning instead of the crappy versions they have now.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:37 PM
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I dislike all of them except one: the transcription by the virtuoso pianist Vladimir Horowitz (who left Russia in 1925 and became a US citizen) of The Stars And Stripes Forever, played here by another famous Russian pianist at a Polish music festival. And he gets a standing ovation.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:57 PM
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I offer acoustic guitar renditions of "The Stars And Stripes Forever"
Somewhere around here I have aCD with a very nice version of that, done by not just a guitar, but a bluegrass band....
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:47 AM
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I can't do the linky thing on my phone, but find 'Madison Rising' on YouTube & check out their version of The Star Spangled Banner. Good stuff.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:27 AM
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Branford Marsalis & Bruce Hornsby, "The Star-Spangled Banner"
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:15 AM
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That's a folk trio? I need to give folk another chance. That was awesome. (Thought it was going to be hokey for a bit, but then it wowed me.)
I can't get to that link. I'm just getting "video is private". But I'm dying to see it.
Uncle Bonsai is awesome! Get their CD Myn Ynd Wymyn. It's a masterpiece IMO.

The Star Spangled Banner by Bela and the Flecktones

The Grateful Dead's take.
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