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Regarding the National Anthem

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This comes in response to the degrading way our National Anthem was rendered at Super Bowl XLV. We don't need a law regarding this, but I would encourage everyone to contact the people who make decisions regarding the performance of the National Anthem at public events. Please ask the people in charge to consider carefully who they have sing the National Anthem, and to set some ground rules. Military bands and vocal groups, college bands, talented high school bands, people who actually care about the song and what it means. Please, no more celebrities for whom it is only another photo-op and a chance for some camera time. That is not what our National Anthem is about. Take the money that is now being thrown down the toilet on the so-called "performers" and use it to endow the arts at the chosen schools. This needs to come from the people, "We, the people" who care a great deal about the National Anthem, and what it stands for.
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    Yes, it is a difficult song to sing, but not extraordinarily so. One would suppose that a professional singer could handle it. If they can't, they should graciously decline the honor of singing it. In my mind, there is absolutely no excuse. She knew ahead of time she was going to sing that song. Practicing it comes to mind!
    3364 days ago
    It is a difficult song according to many and the stress of singing it could cause one to mess up.
    3364 days ago
  • MCGS62
    Let's at least agree that if you forget the words that you no longer have enough credibility to add lib arpeggio's in place of tied notes.
    Remember the melody was an English drinking song only the words are
    penned by FSK The two together as a national anthem is a smack in the face to the English of the time. Which I love.
    The orchestration came later.
    It is a uniquely american scenario. Which I also love.
    As long as it isn't intentionally disrespectful , like Rose Anne Barr was, I'm ok with it. But some one tell the idiot when the pressure is on even OZZY uses a teleprompter .
    Ozzy! Oh! I meant B O B , at least OZZY writes his own words.

    3398 days ago
    I TOTALLY agree! And **so** agree with Sally on some things needing to stay the SAME with no variations from the artists, and the National Anthem is one of them! Good thoughts!
    3398 days ago
  • SAL1512
    Some things are not subject to change. The National Anthem needs to be sung with respect for this great nation. It is not to be sung as an expression of themselves.
    3398 days ago
    I was dissappointed that she couldn't just sing it. It's a beautiful song and should be sung as written. Our national anthem is to glorify our country, and those who fought for our freedom! Not to glorify the person singing it! I'm sure there are plenty of people serving in our military that have fine voices and deserve the chance to sing on america's #1 most watched program singing the anthem for the country they lay down their lives for!

    I would like to say in Christina's defense, I'm sure the error in the words was not intentional and having performed live in public myself sometimes performances don't always come out perfect.....

    I do agree definately that the money could have been much better spent.
    3399 days ago
    I certainly care about unemployment and the economy, but that doesn't mean I can't care about the National Anthem, too. I used to like Christina Aguilara (sp?), but she actually did either skip or forget part of the song, and she really did not sing it well or correctly. I agree that she was simply taking the opportunity of another photo-op. That song is incredibly difficult and the singer must have a good vocal range, so it would make lots of sense to have a military, school, or other vocal group sing it and not pay some incredible amount of money to some singer who is just a face/name and doesn't have the talent to do it.
    3399 days ago
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    I didn't hear this latest "attempt" so I won't opine directly - just sayin' that with UNEMPLOYMENT in this country being SO DAMNED HIGH AND LIKELY TO GO HIGHER (I'm wary of the latest news regarding "going down to 9%"), I gotta say that this issue doesn't exactly rank #1 on my list of hot-button peeves in my life.....somehow the lack of stable work for so many decent folk means a helluva lot more to me than how someone sings a song (national anthem or not).....
    3399 days ago
    3400 days ago
    I couldn't agree more... I was mortified when she actually skipped or forgot part of it! What a disgrace!
    3400 days ago
    I didn't hear it, because I never watch football, but it hopefully was not as bad as the young 'up and comer' who sang the Canadian national anthem at the opening of last year's Winter Olympics!!!

    Times change, and some changes are for the best, but I don't believe there is any good reason to alter things without involving the general public in such a decision ( ie. by voting in a referandum).

    While people do need to be able have the freedom of expression that we all enjoy on this continent, it just plain seems wrong to me to fool around with the lyrics or music of a national hymn or anthem.

    3400 days ago
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