Thursday, November 27, 2008

Butchering The American National Anthem

Today was Thanksgiving in the United States and the usual NFL games were available for viewing. Sadly, they weren't worth the price of admission. But what was even worse was the preamble to the opening kickoff—specifically, the singing (or more correctly, butchering) of the national anthem by somebody trying to make a name for themselves on national television. It was horrible. And it seems to be a regularly occurring event.

I don't know what it is, but whether it is NASCAR, the NFL, Major League Baseball or the NBA, the ceremony of singing the national anthem has become a nauseating introductory ordeal for everyone at the event and those waiting for it begin on the tube.

...I guess we're going to have to come up with a nickname for flat panel televisions now

I recall Tom & Dick Smothers on one of the nighttime talk shows passionately arguing for the performer to understand that it's not about the singer, it's about the song. Everyone seems to think they are performing for the initial American Idol audition. If they don't do something different, they think they have missed their big chance to make a name for themselves on the big stage.

Some things should stay the way they were originally intended. I think anthems are intended to inspire the gladiators about to enter the arena and boost the level of excitement in the throng that is about to watch the games begin. did it become the world's largest karaoke stage?

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