View Full Version : On singing the National Anthem

11-12-2013, 09:41 AM
What we all have wanted to say-- with the start of the NFL season, perhaps all team owners should be sent the following message from a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan:

"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 your costume, makeup and your entourage. Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. Francis Scott Key does not need any help."

Semper Fi=============

11-12-2013, 02:31 PM
I guess people like to read stuff...but when it comes to them posting...????

You might think the above posting would draw a thought or two.

11-12-2013, 09:38 PM
Amen to that! (And some of us can't post thoughts until they get home and finish chores.)


11-13-2013, 03:42 PM
I am with that sentiment 100%, I can't stand the butchery done by the "rock stars" who, without a teleprompter, probably can't remember the words much less the correct music. The darn song is hard enough to sing by a normal person so to hear it properly sung is real music to my ears.