Messing around with a national anthem is one of those things in music that’s better left alone by most. for better or worse it sounds how it sounds, and that’s just the way it is. Spicing things up tends not to end well, and I’m sorry to say that seems to be what happened to Daylight For Deadeyes here.
I appreciate where they’re coming from even if I don’t agree. I don’t remember ever being bored by O Canada, but if you were, fine. And we live in a free country, so go ahead and take a crack at making it a bit better. But that free country thing, it kind of cuts both ways. So I hope you understand that even after a few listens, I still prefer Oh Canada as it was.
Your version isn’t completely horrible. I’ve watched far too many sporting events for it to be the worst thing I’ve ever heard. I’ll even grant you that what you’ve done “embodies the band’s rock feel but still stays true to the original” as the article says, I guess. But I can’t shake the feeling that this rendition would be the perfect one if the aim wasn’t so much to honour our nation as to sell cars or cheap beer. Come on, tell me you can’t see Molson slapping hockey highlights and pictures of lakes and mountains over top of this thing. It just sounds so…so…gimmicky.
Maybe it’s just me, so I’ll put it to the rest of you. Should O Canada really sound like this from now on?