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Controversy Stirs in Denver as Jazz Singer Rearranges National Anthem

Questions of just how far artistic expression can go have been raised in the national media during the past week, after Colorado jazz singer Rene Marie (pictured) sang a modified version of the national anthem at the Denver State of the City address last Tuesday.

When invited to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” by the Denver mayor’s office, Marie accepted. But when it came time for the performance, Marie sang it her way without any warning to the event organizers.

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