The symbols of patriotism are everywhere in the nation's capital, marking this week's historic transition of power. Flags fly high and historic monuments gleam white in the chilly air; soon, music will flow from loudspeakers and from real musicians. It's almost certain that, at some point, the shivering masses in attendance will be treated to a rousing rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner." It signals the start of most sporting events, so why not a new presidential administration?
The story of Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" is the stuff of grade-school history books. But the song has inspired some memorable interpretations in the recent past, as each performer imbues it with a personal take on patriotism. Here are five (among many others) that stand out.