The American National Anthem - A Hot New Rock Music Download to Top up Your iPod This Summer?

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It's "The Star Spangled Banner" with a rock and roll twist. If this new song becomes a popular iTunes download, it could very well make the traditional song a hit among hip teens.

The rock "Star Spangled Banner" released by Singer-songwriter Amod Dange has been on iTunes for only a couple of weeks but it's already generating interest not just in America, but in other countries as well.

Amod says that his website, on which a free hi-fi playback of the entire song is available, receives more hits in an hour than he ever expected it to receive in a week. The song can also be heard on his myspace page.

"If there's one language that's more widely understood in the world than English, it's rock and roll." A first generation immigrant who grew up in India, Amod says he had the advantage of being exposed to a wide variety of eastern as well as western music. "But", he adds, "even for someone with an eclectic taste in music, there is nothing quite as liberating as rock and roll".

Amod wants to take his rock version of "The Star Spangled Banner" to sports arenas across the country. "I am a proud American and it would be a great honor to perform the National Anthem live." He wants to play at every possible school, college and university in the country. "The National Anthem can be very exciting, and I want to share the fun with as many people as possible."

Prior to this release, Amod produced 2 albums with his former band Mystic Frost. His CDs are sold through online indie music store CD Baby, and downloads of his music are available through numerous websites. "The Star Spangled Banner" can be found on iTunes and on more than 50 other digital distribution services.

Amod's rock arrangement of the song is a complete departure from numerous other versions, and the famous Woodstock version by Jimi Hendrix is one that draws immediate comparison. Amod points out that the Hendrix version was a rather spontaneous instrumental guitar solo while his is a full-blooded studio effort complete with a rhythm section, vocal harmonies and an original guitar riff.

An 1814 poem by Francis Scott Key set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven," a popular English song, The Star Spangled Banner was made National Anthem of the United States by a congressional resolution in 1931.

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