Mixed Reviews On Proposed Missouri Opera Anthem

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(KTVI) – A proposal to create an operatic anthem for Missouri drew mixed reviews Thursday with one lawmaker saying no one with a “normal voice” would be able to sing it.

Opera singer and America’s Got Talent’s 2008 winner Neal E. Boyd wrote “Missouri Anthem,”a three-minute opera which features references to Missouri’s rivers, pine trees, eagles and even proclaims “Missouri’s the heart of a grateful nation.”

When a recorded version of the song played for lawmakers, some praised it while others were concerned.

“I love the lyrics, but … I’m thinking, in Missouri, we need a fiddle in the band,” said Rep. Warren Love, R-Osceola.

The representatives decided not to vote on the bill and it will be unlikely for it to pass before the end of the session on May 17.

Missouri’s official song is the “Missouri Waltz.” Governors have made it a modern tradition to dance to the song during their inaugural balls.

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