Zooey Deschanel's 'Star-Spangled Banner': Gallantly streaming
Although she wasn't able to bless Game 4 of the World Series enough to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers, actor, singer and native Angeleno Zooey Deschanel offered a nice rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Sunday night's game in Arlington, Texas. Deschanel, whose musical duo with singer-guitarist M. Ward, She & Him, is releasing "A Very She & Him Christmas" on Monday, appeared on the Fox broadcast of the World Series to promote her new sitcom, "New Girl," a ratings winner for the network, which has further propelled Deschanel into the spotlight.
The Hollywood starlet held her own in Arlington, offering a pure, unadorned rendition that highlighted her seldom-wavering voice. There were a few shaky moments, and she didn't own it like Aretha did during the ALCS, but the confidence and purity with which she sang the landmine line, "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming" suggested that the lyric made actual sense — no small feat.
— Randall Roberts
Photo: Zooey Deschanel sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 23, 2011. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images.