The start of the NFL season is here! Already patrons of the sports are talking about who will play in the Super Bowl.
At the beginning of each game, a pop star or singer offers their rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” our national anthem. When you watch this performance, do you focus on the singer and the way the words are sung? Are you impressed with the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations?
Remember, you who sit in your living room watching the performance are only one of many soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who are watching the same performance from bases and outposts all over the world. Do they cringe when they see a self-centered ego rendition?
It is my opinion that the song should be sung as if the performer stands in front of a row of 86-year-old World War II veterans wearing Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans. They want to be proud of the performer for honoring them and the country they fought for and love, rather than a costume, makeup and an entourage that shows the musician believes himself or herself to be a superstar singer.
I believe that “The Star Spangled Banner” should be sung with courtesy and humility that tells the audience the song is about America, not the singer.