David Marchand’s Jan. 31 letter got my dander up, as do all complaints about our beautiful national anthem. I don’t care that Beyonce lip-synced her performance at the inauguration. I generally don’t like young singers’ bastardized versions of the anthem, but Beyonce’s version was beautifully done and a great tribute to our country and our president.
I am 86 years old and have an untrained voice with a limited range. But I like to sing, and my favorite song is “The Star Spangled Banner.” I usually sing it at meetings of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. The tune’s wide range is easily handled in the right key. I object strenuously to suggestions that it be replaced.