An opera critic's take on the National Anthem: operating without any arranger's concepts (something that Renee Fleming had to deal with at the Super Bowl) Joyce DiDonato did what good opera singers do - invested each line with significance and intent, and added a lovely octave leap at the finish. Brava! BTW, she's not just a KC native - she got her training at SF Opera's Merola Program. A perfect choice.
Michael J. Vaughn is the author of seventeen novels, including The Popcorn Girl and Billy Saddle. His poetry has appeared in more than 100 journals, and he works as a competitions judge for Writer's Digest. He lives in San Jose, and plays drums for the San Francisco rock band Exit Wonderland.