Ever try to sing our national anthem? The day after flag day, Michael Kinsley argued that it's time to find a new one:
The Star-Spangled Banner is notoriously unsingable. A professor of music, Caldwell Titcomb of Brandeis, pointed out years ago in The New Republic that its melody spans almost two octaves, when most people are good for one octave, max. The first eight lines are one enormous sentence with subordinate clauses, leaving no really good place to take a breath. There are far too many mandatory leaps off the high board (". . . what so PROU-dly we hail ....'").
The rest of his op-ed is at the Miami Herald's website.
So, IF they were to declare a new national anthem... What should it be?