Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1927, February 1st, 2012

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National Anthem at the Super Bowl - an editorial:
Sunday is Super Bowl Day and we gather as a nation to eat, drink, cheer our favorite teams, celebrate the great sport of football and wait to see which performer f note will make an ass out of themselves trying to sing The Star Spangled Banner. The latest casualty was Stephen Tyler who warbled before the Patriots-Ravens game. Here's some words of advice tat came out of the e mail machine this week. But as long as I don't hear a 2012 Presidential candidate singing about amber waves of grain, I'm fine. But here's some good advice for the chosen one who will sing the anthem.
“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 the costumes, the makeup and the entourages. Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America , not you.”


At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to send this to every newspaper around this country Yonk.

I'm not sure who was worse Roseann or Steve but nailed it!

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best piece of writing and common sense I've read in a long time!
I'm still the guy who thinks its safest and sounds best as an instrumental played on the piano.
Straight up is the only way to go vocally. It is not, as said, about you asshole!


At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

I don't believe the typewriter in the picture is a working one. Otherwise, the plant would not be in the way.

Just sayin'.

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the best renditions I've heard of the SSB were cleverly harmonized.
They were respectfully performed and obviously well rehearsed.
They usually preceeded "Gentlemen start your engines".

At 12:20 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I don't believe the typewriter in the picture is a working one. Otherwise, the plant would not be in the way.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Karel Zubris said...

THANK YOU for mentioning the Diamond City Figure Skating Club in the LuLac as we are proud to represent Luzerne and Lackawanna counties with our talented athletes and encourage others to join us! For more information regarding the Diamond City Figure Skating Club visit our site or on Facebook.


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