Arts

Aretha Franklin’s version of national anthem is soulful, and very, very long

Aretha Franklin sang the national anthem today in Detroit before the Lions took on the Vikings in the first NFL game of the day, and she took a long time in doing it. And Twitter noticed.

But she also put her heart and soul into it, as only the Queen of Soul can. And Twitter noticed that, too.

Franklin’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” clocked in at about 4 minutes and 35 seconds. It was noticeably leisurely. She also played the piano, and the musical pace was solemn and methodical. Her voice was pure, clear, and filled with emotion. Franklin, who is 74 and is closely associated with Detroit, was a national treasure singing the national anthem in a manner that invited — and perhaps required — listeners to really stop and hear the music.

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Maybe it was just what was needed after a stunning election and divisive political campaign.

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On the football field, dozens of people held a mammoth American flag, fluttering it throughout the music.

Twitter immediately weighed in:

Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
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Aretha Franklin performed the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit.