Singing the National Anthem

I don’t understand it. If you happened to watch the 2011 Superbowl you may have cringed at Cristina Aguilera’s messing up the lyrics to the National Anthem.  Hey – that’s not the point.  Anyone can foul up before 110,000,000 football fans.  To me, it was not her word miscues, it was the entire way she delivered her product.  Cristina and every other singer (from small time shows to national television audiences) would do well to take some sage advice.  Sing the song with dignity.  I love the Star Spangled Banner WHEN it is sung the way it was meant to be – with dignity.  Stop with the histrionics and warbled notes.  The song is about our country, our veterans, our freedom – it is not about the singer.  I do try to keep my calm and be forgiving of others’ mistakes – but the intolerable manner in which too many performers sing the National Anthem takes me to the limit.  It reminds me of the spiking of the ball and childish gyrations when an NFL player scores a touchdown.  As is attributed to the great Vince Lombardi, “Act like you’ve been there before.”

Please – sing with dignity.