I’m a big fan of the Star Spangled Banner. I find it inspiring to witness crowds in the thousands silence themselves during it’s performance pre-game. This year’s rendition by Jennifer Hudson was notable for a few reasons, but what I really liked about it is the musical flair added during the singing of line “O’re the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”
Many performers add a note to the word “Free” by raising up an octave – I think it’s amazing. I call this technique the “Free Octave” and always cheer then I hear it. It comes right at the end of the song too – and is a perfect queue to begin the applause. It also coincides with fly-by timing nicely.
Hudson’s rendition is available on the iTunes store, and you can hear her “Free Octove” at the 2:11 mark in the recording.