Sunday, February 05, 2012

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.”

I didn't write this, but I certainly agree, so I'm passing it along!  If you agree, you may pass it along also!


  1. oh MY but do I ever agree... it is the NATIONAL anthem - not the PERSONAL anthem - you don't get to change it up any way you want... and it's not for showing off... I am so tired of that....... well said..

  2. oh my, I agree completely. It's the NATIONAL anthem, and you don't get to turn it in to a personal show-off moment!! Let's start a movement....

  3. Hear! Hear! I completely agree!

  4. All I can say is "Amen" to that. I couldn't agree more.

  5. Amen to that Marge. Cannot stand listening to these people who sing to hear the sound of their own voice.


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