A year ago, I blogged about jazz singer Rene Marie, who’d been invited to sing the National Anthem at an official function of the city of Denver.
Ms. Marie caused a scandal by singing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” (a.k.a. the Negro National Anthem) to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Remember that?
I thought Rene Marie was out of line doing that... even though her fusion of the two “anthems” was an impressive work of art.
Well, a studio version of her “Star-Spangled” mashup is available as a FREE MP3.
Click here to hear it on my Vox blog. To download the MP3, follow this link to Ms. Marie’s website.
This piece is actually the “third movement” of a song suite titled “Voice of My Beautiful Country.” You can download “Lift Ev’ry Voice” as a separate track, or you can download the entire suite.
(Hat-tip to singer Fay Victor, who pointed to this download in a Facebook update.)