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Letter: My aching ears!

Enough, already! Is there no one we can find to sing our national anthem?

I listened as musical celebrity Travis Tritt introduced the national college basketball championship game (a thriller to the very end!) with his interpretation of our nation’s anthem. Yes, interpretation – with a variety of personal musical twists and curly-Qs that appeared to please his applauding fans.

During the Renaissance – an age of real celebrity, and of real talent – Leon Battista Alberti remarked that a work of art is the harmony of all its parts, put together so perfectly that nothing may be added or taken away without diminishing it. That truth, which echoes the admonition with which Saint John closed the last book of the Bible, is certainly pertinent to our national anthem. And yet we applaud our celebrities whose egos reinterpret for us a national treasure. Oh, well, I suppose we’re getting what we want.

At least Tritt didn’t lift his leg and break wind – or whatever it was that Roseanne Barr did as, finally, she brought to an end her musical moment before us!

ANDREW LAURIE STANGEL

Manchester

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