The Super Bowl 2013 got off to an amazing start on Sunday evening, Feb. 3, as Alicia Keys sat down at the beautiful white piano to perform the national anthem. The "Star Spangled Banner" never had it so good!
Keys took the oft-abused anthem to new heights, but not in terms of high, screechy moments. Alice Keys seemed to take the actual range down a little to make it more pleasant to the ear. She twisted and twirled her voice around the notes while she played soft, sparse chords underneath, creating a beautiful jazz quality without being ostentatious. How many times have you heard someone try to add their touch to the national anthem and it becomes a five-alarm disaster?
You can watch Alicia Keys perform at the Super Bowl 2013 in the video attached to this article.
Some of the chords that Alicia Keys used while playing her own accompaniment had an augmented or sustained sound. This effect added so much to the tiresome, beating marching music that we often hear at ball games. There were a few moments that were just breath-taking. As is usually the case, the pauses in the music added to the beauty of her performance. She did not hurry through or stumble over the difficult lyrics.
And, most importantly, she did not lip sync. You can read here about Beyoncé using a recording at President Obama's inauguration to lip sync. Most people were very disappointed in her decision.
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