I have been a sucker for the US National Anthem for as long as I can remember.
I attribute this to 1) being born on the 4th of July and hearing it regularly in association with my birthday (and birthdays mean presents!), 2) having traveled outside the US as a young person, and 3) living abroad for the last 10 years. Some people may be inclined to question my patriotism because of that last one, but believe me, nothing makes you appreciate your own country more than navigating life in a different one.
And because The Star-Spangled Banner is notoriously difficult to sing (the melody scales one and a-half octaves), I have special appreciation and admiration for anyone who performs it really well. So I was delighted to come across this arrangement by one of my favorite Swedish singers, Dea Norberg, who really makes it her own.
I have no idea how many American singers have bothered to learn Sweden’s national anthem, but I bet it’s less than a number I can count on one hand with a couple of fingers missing. Which is why Dea Norberg’s lovely interpretation of the U.S. National Anthem makes me really proud to be Swedish.