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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Jangled Star Spangled
It has been a good thing to start sporting events with
the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. It is restorative to all - who stand
together, with flags and honor guards - saluting the United States of
For that very reason, I bring attention to the growing abuse of
this, our National Anthem. The choice of celeb’s seems to have precipitated a
competition as to who can out-jazz the others. Some of their modernized
renditions border on the irreverent if not sacrilegious. Francis Scott Key would
never recognize these varied vibratos being bellowed through half-swallowed
microphones – often off-Key, so to speak.
The crowd is already primed for
pugilism – with libations, team spirit, and comradely. The solemnity of the
moment is lost – often interrupted by the howling of the crowd during the final
stanzas. - as much as to say, “Let’s get on with the game!”
I am not
recommending that we do away with The National Anthem, but let’s substitute “God
Bless America” for sporting events instead. There can be a ‘star’ leading the
song, but we can all join in the singing, and the idea of asking “God” to bless
all of us together seems rather nice.
Let’s leave the Anthem for solemn
occasions; the Olympics, presidential, funereal, and military state of affairs.
It was never intended for football.