Fw: The National Anthem


The National Anthem at the Super Bowl...An editorial....
"So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to
the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting
event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your
concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in
kindergarten - straight up, no styling. Sing it with the constant awareness
that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases
and outposts all over the world. Don't make them cringe with your
self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row
of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag
pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring
them and the country they love - not because you want them to think you are
a superstar musician. They could see that from the costumes, the makeup and
the entourages.  Sing "The Star Spangled Banner" with the courtesy and
humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you."


LiberalGunner said...

Allow me to translate; Please stop singing it like you are black.

Anonymous said...

What's the point of getting a talented pop star to sing the anthem if they are just going to stand there and sing the song like a robot?

Since when is passion and energy a bad thing?

Anonymous said...

Anthems of which "The Star Spangled" is one of, is actually a marching song. It doesn't really translate as a tune suited for a smokey jazz-blue club treatment. Frankly, I'm surprized Roger Goodell didn't hand her a 3 NFL game anthem singing suspension and a $100,000 fine.

Bebe 99 said...

We only had to listen to Aguilera sing her version of the national anthem one time. But Geezer-Bitch syndrome is a constant, whining drone 24/7.

Anonymous said...

Anthems of which "The Star Spangled" is one of, is actually a marching song.

Actually the music came from an British drinking song. According to legend, if you could sing the song that meant you were still sober enough for another round. It came from a club setting, and it wouldn't be a very good march song.

ferschitz said...

Frankly: who cares? I saw part of Aguilerra's rendition of the Nat'l Anthem at the Super Bowl (eg, an *entertainment*), and it seemed just fine to me.

Yet another opportunity for dyspesic, older conservatives to whiiiiiiine about abso-effen-lutely nothing. I guess complaining constantly about nothing and being unceasingly negative is really addictive. And that's a shame.

I'm sure that the active duty military personnel - you know, the ones whose lives are on the line right now (no offense intended to elderly Vets, who served with honor, but they're safe and sound these days, so "pleasing" them is less important, imo) who happened to watch Aguilerra most probably enjoyed watching her... after all, they are in the same generation, and that's the type of music they listen to.


Conservatives: narcissistic, self-absorbed, self-serving, super entitled, whining babies, caring only about what *they* want; everyone else can get stuffed. OR: get offa my laaaaawn!!!!

Anonymous said...

So, since the National Anthem is apparently observed at all times by a high council of decorated war vets, you're all standing and saluting when the colors are presented, right?

The Boy Scout in my cringes at all the misuse of the flag by people who consider themselves patriotic.

Hooray4US said...

Must be nice to have nothing better to do with your time than sit around fuming about what some random pop star does. These rightwingers need to get a life.

Anoner said...

Talk about a rightwing thinktank distraction! Whooo. Who gives a stuff? Agree with Hooray - these people need to develop hobbies or get involved in a charity or their church or something.

gruaud said...

I dunno.

I have to admit that the vocal excesses of melisma make me cringe. That's a personal thing -- I just don't like it, like some people don't like lime jello.

And the SSB is just brutalized by this singing style. It's already bad enough, musically speaking.

That being said, the writer of this forward should take a long overdue laxative.

Anonymous said...

"no styling"?

Uh, news flash - all musical singing is "styled" in some way. The fact that you like some OTHER styling doesn't mean it's any more "correct". In fact, the most historically accurate styling options would be to sing it either like the drinking song it once was, or with the vocal stylings of the late 1880s when it was first set to music, or maybe in 1930's style, since it because the offical national anthem in 1931. All of those styling would be distinct, as are stylings from different, more recent eras (it is a living song, right?).

I agree with LiberalGunner: this really means "stop singing it like you're black". Sing it like an old white person would, because they're the only "Real Americans".

katz said...

Hey, where's Rederick?

I guess s/he doesn't understand how to navigate blogs, given his/her grasp of HTML.

REDERICK said...

I'm here... have no comment - this whole thing is just stupid... if we are addressing the superbowl - its entertainment - these people aren't going to war - stop singing it there all together for all I care... I don't really think it means "stop singing it black" that assumption within its self is racist - but whatever... I would just think that if you are going to sing a song in public (any song really) - you should get the words right

Anonymous said...

stop singing it there all together for all I care

Rederick, why do you hate America? Go back to Russia, commie!

Anonymous said...

shut up bitch

Anonymous said...

Go back to Russia, commie! - up on current affairs are yuh?

ferschitz said...

I think the point here is how silly some of these rightwing forwards are. And this one illustrates how rightwing thinktanks send out this crap in order to senselessly rile up segments of the US populace for the sole reason of distracting them from what's really going on - and to pit them needlessly against other US citizens.

Pay attention to how it's done. Live and learn.

sojewtastic said...

Basically I got "stop singing it like a darkie" and "Stop liking things I don't like!"

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