A humorous view of politics, religion, human behavior, and insights toward everyday happenings by a single guy living in downtown Chicago.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Oh, Say Can You See?
Indiana Senator, Vaneta Becker (R), has proposed a bill that
would impose a fine on anyone who deviates from singing The Star Spangled
Banner as it was written.
As a liberal Democrat, pretty much any bill by a Republican
makes me bristle. But as a musician, this Republican would get my vote.
I get so weary of hearing performers ad-lib the melody and
insert their own style into this piece. Newsflash to performers: This piece was
not written to be used as a springboard for your own, freewheeling style. Use a
bit of self-restraint and humility when performing this piece. The melody is
difficult and impressive enough on its own.
We don’t need to hear you sing
thirteen notes on the word, “brave.”
Here’s Mariah Carey performing it. (She really goes all over
the place toward the end.)
Yes, she’s talented and, yes, she’s got an impressive
instrument. But, honey, use it on pieces that were meant to be improvised.
think anyone who wants to perform this piece should be given the following
“Can you tell us what a ‘rampart’ is?”
“It’s, um, like, um, it’s like. . . .”
In Becker’s bill, I’d go one step further regarding our
Change it altogether.
In my opinion, a nation’s anthem should be free of texts
about bombing, battles, and killing. Our nation has done way too much of that –
we don’t need to emphasize it at every sporting event, especially every time an
American athlete wins the gold at the Olympics.
We should also change it because 99 percent of our
population cannot sing it; few people have the requisite vocal range of an
And no one can remember the words, much less, knows what a “rampart”
Change the national anthem to something we all
know and can sing. My solution is the theme to The Brady Bunch.
Seriously, can’t you just see it at the next Olympic Games?
“Here’s the story
Of a lovely lady
Who was bringing up three
very lovely girls. . .”
We all know the words and melody. We've heard this piece many more times than The Star Spangled Banner.
Everyone from every country would join in singing our
(You know they would.)
Such a scene would be so much better for our nation’s image
than reminding everyone of our bombs bursting overhead.