Van Cliburn ‘Jazzes’ Up National Anthem
Last Friday, I blogged about Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy gushing in anticipation of Van Cluburn’s scheduled performance of the national anthem at Cowboys Stadium.
That performance wasn’t yet available on YouTube, so I posted videos other local musicians who have tackled the daunting anthem.
Now Cliburn’s performance is posted and, well, let’s just say that Kennedy’s praise might have been premature and overstated.
I’m no piano expert, but it sure sounds like the old master hits some stinkers in this performance:
Then again, Cliburn looks happy and proud after he finished the song, so maybe he was including “jazz” notes in his arrangement. (That’s an old musician’s trick — when you hit a stinker note, call it jazz and keep on playing.)