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...I wanted to say Happy Fourth of July to you all and share two of the most incredible renditions of the Star Spangled Banner. We do live in a great country. Enjoy!

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I see many comments about Liberty on the 4th. Liberty and Freedom. As if they are the same. They are not. Freedom means you are free, not owned, not a slave, not subject to tyrannical government or oppression. Free to come and go as you please.

Liberty is temporary 'permitted' freedom. No different than when a sailor is granted 'liberty' to go ashore. He is not 'free' to keep going - he is granted conditional freedom.

"Liberty?" and justice for all. No thanks, I'll take freedom. Screw the Statute of Liberty, give me the Statue of Freedom, American Re-built.

Other than that, since that is a lofty goal, I like this one -

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It is indeed beautiful, but I find myself favoring the traditional cadence and marching band sound of Whitney's performance. It just fits the song.

Marvin is awesome, but I get annoyed when the traditional style (at least that I grew up familiar with iof course) is messed with too much. You start jazzing it up, using electronic beat, etc., and I just don't like it, no matter how beautiful.

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Thanks Flash! I really enjoyed Marvin's version.... I had never heard it before, WOW!!!
 

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