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The National Anthem

October 26, 2008

I am currently watching the World Series and Patti LaBelle is absolutely mangling the National Anthem.  I can’t, for the life of me, understand why people can’t just sing the song.  When you are invited to sing the Anthem for a public event, it is not an audition of your ghetto yodeling skills.  It is not the time to demonstrate your ability to do “runs” or to “dress up” the song.

What Ms. LaBelle and others are being asked to do is a great honor.  The purpose of having someone sing the song is to lead the crowd.  The crowd cannot follow the song and sing with it if they don’t know the arrangement or, in severe cases (I’m looking at you Natalie Cole), the lyrics that will be sung.

Here is an example of an excellent rendition:

Patti Labelle, we all know you have an amazing, God-given talent and a remarkable voice with huge range.  If you would just sing the song, it would be mesmerizing.  However, you have chosen to show off rather than perform the song with dignity.

UPDATE

Apparently, this is a bad year for the Anthem at the World Series.  The Backstreet Boys crap it up, too.

For further instruction on singing the Anthem, I invite all potential performers to watch this and listen.  This is how it’s done.  Period.

Thank you, Carrie.

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