Russian national anthem during Putin state visit in Saudi Arabia

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Lol. The Saudi version sounds like a herd of cats having their tails twisted. The German version sounds like dobermans having their tails twisted.

A national anthem should sound heroic, not like chaos.

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Did the Russians keep the USSR national anthem?

DB2

I think it’s the other way around. The USSR adopted the Russian anthem and changed the lyrics a bit. And then Russia changed the lyrics back after the fall of the USSR. The music remained the same.

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A lot of bands, even French bands, don’t get that one right. I searched for years to find that one. There is a thing some French bands do, a particular style of drum roll, that that band gets right. I also heard the band at the end of the Monoco GP play it right, live band, rather than the recordings many races use.

Yes, the Mongols sounded great. At least the Saudi honor guard looked snappy. Do Saudi officers still train at Sandhurst?

Steve

LOL!!!

National Anthems, even when will played, have an aesthetic that sits, almost inevitably, on the perilous edge of wild self-satire, especially when combined with the hopelessly quotidian psychologies of Heads Of State, oh my lord, LOLOLOL.

But they have their uses, especially when supportive of actual communal solidarity in time of peril, and subversive of power, e.g.:

  1. 1968 Mexico Olympics while Russia crushed Czechoslovakia, start at 1:50
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjb84N8AReE

  2. Well, of course I had to pull this unsurpassable one out?, as the French invented the national anthem game.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOeFhSzoTuc

  3. I think the USA’s Star Spangled Banner ranks OK, but extremely weird[***], and damn, the tune is that of an ENGLISH private club’s Drinking Song (explains the melody perfectly!).
    This USAian song is insanely inspiring, and all over the USA and the world people hear this and instantly think “USA” and “Wonderful!”, if it were not for its essential religious roots, with its perfect music and emotional tone, I would it want for USA:

neighborhood band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRoflLQeVSo
Army Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Cl996wBlY
local Madrid Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3ONxXC4e4o

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***https://www.washingtonpost.com/made-by-history/2023/07/03/star-spangled-banner-national-anthem/

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And what did you sing in school, after reciting the pledge? We were required to warble “America”, which uses the melody of “God Save The King”.

What is it about Middle Eastern bands? Are they used to a different concept of music?

Egyptian la Marseillaise fail. Sounds like a car crash to me.

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Colombian army band with “Deutschland Uber Alles”. The bugle intro is a bit ragged, but when the band kicks in, it’s OK.

I like it because it is rousing. Most national anthems are kind of sleepy. A non-trivial problem is that it is extremely difficult for the average person to sing.

Lately, it has become popular to sing the SSB as a sleepy gospel hymn. I disagree. Unless you are Whitney Houston, it needs to be powerful battle hymn. As always, Jim Cornelison of the Chicago Blackhawks delivers the SSB the proper way:

They place a high value on playing powerfully. As a former trumpet player, I can attest that full power and intonation do not walk hand-in-hand. Only the best players can play loud and in tune.

And in general, horns and intonation don’t walk hand-in-hand anyway. It takes a while to dial it in. If they haven’t played the song much the horns will be out of tune. That’s why horn bands like Tower of Power have better intonation live than in their studio cuts.

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To start the video at 1:50 add

&t=110s (110 seconds)

to the url

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjb84N8AReE&t=110s

The Captain

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Ahhh! Thank you Captain. An excellent technical trick I will definitely start using!

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This was the moment from the 68 Olympics that USians were cranked up about. Much more uproar than “taking a knee” now causes.

The silver medalist, Australian Peter Norman, did not participate in the fist raise but wore a Olympic Project for Human Rights pin in solidarity. He qualified for the 1972 Munich games and was a multiple national champion but the Australian Olympic Committee made a “business decision” and sent somebody else instead. To this day, he holds the Australian record in the 200 meters.

Heroes of mine.

Actually got to thank them each personally many years later on different occasions. Even years later, when I thanked John Carlos in 1982 or 3 (after a neighborhood meeting organizing for the Los Angeles Olympics) there was a hostile person shouting obscenities.

King and RFK, the main heroes of my life, were both dead. I was then, and remain, convinced that the true instigators were and remain hidden, and were probably connected.

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I’ve always liked the SSB at a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game where the sound system failed half way through the anthem and the Canadian audience jumped in and finshed it in excellent form.

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Wow, brought tears to my eyes. Partly just because, and partly being reminded what good neighbors and hosts are northen neighbors are.

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Check out the Saudi National Anthem. It’s like a teenage pop tune.

In terms of anthems, I think the Olympic anthem commissioned for the 1984 Los Angeles games tops the list. Here’s the Brits playing it.

and last but not least, Coach Prime, Deion Sanders “Now Give Me My Theme Music”

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I thought your northern neighbors were Americans…

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