Some are heralding a “bluesy” rendition of the USA national anthem “devoid of lip-syncing or lyric flubs” at yesterday’s Super Bowl game in New Orleans. My preference is a couple of outstanding performances of the “Star-Spangled Banner” delivered by country artist LeAnn Rimes. One in 2004, aptly described as “stunning”, was before the start of a NFL Patriots/Colts game and another in 2011 at the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Both are available on YouTube.

Meanwhile, the Sandy Hook Chorus performance of “America the Beautiful” at Super Bowl XLVII, accompanied by Jennifer Hudson, rocked the Superdome. Kudos!