PLEASE NASCAR, clean up your act!!!!
Not my words BUT these are truly my thoughts:
From a Marine Corps Colonel, stationed in Afghanistan...
"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 your costume, makeup and your entourage.
"Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual. We're getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help."
I totally agree. I believe that every professional singer who is asked to sing the National Anthem at a NASCAR event should be told "The National Anthem is NOT about you or your singing ability. If you aren't willing or capable of singing it straight up, we'll get someone else." Usually, amateur singers sing it better than the professionals do.
Well said, totally agree. The National Anthem has alway's made me some what teary eyed, proud, respectful, and pumped up. The word's and tune make me feel that way along with my own vision's of what it mean's to me. It's a lot how it's presented too, if the vocalist is ( show boating ) I'm disapointed, the song is not about one individual, it's about previous, act's of valor, courage, service for our country by many U.S. military personel. THANK YOU to all our military personell and your loving familie's. THANK YOU keep er straight
The singing of the National Anthem gets on my nerves, too. I think it was back around 2003, they had Brittany Spears at a race. I'm not a fan of hers, and she certainly takes a lot of heat, some of it deserved. But my recollection is that she came out and sang the anthem, beautifully, and about as straight up as I've ever heard it from someone of her genre. I was quite impressed and have recalled the performance many times to family and friends . . .
The worst National Anthem for a race I ever heard was Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. HORRIBLE!!!!
And while we're at it, could we just have a "Drivers, start your engines!", instead of "On behalf of Whizzco products and all of the Whizzco employees worldwide making fine Whizzco products for your home and car needs since 1981 including our latest product line available at Dogmart,Jimsclub,Whistling Dixie and other fine retailers near you, we want to welcome you all on this fine day to 4 1/2 hours of racing brought to you by Wizzco. Any drivers still awake, start your engines!"
I absolutely agree with you. It makes my skin crawl when I hear someone "styling" the National Anthem. There are lots of songs that could benefit from the singer putting their own spin on it, but our National Anthem isn't one of them. It's not a torch song, a honkey-tonk song, a rap song, or even a spiritual. I'm with you, straight up as it was written. you put it very well.
Couldn't agree more!!
NASCAR please listen to this thread. Even do your own research. Have them perform the National Anthem with the respect it deserves.
I agree with you100%...my daughter is currently in Afghanistan as well and when I hear the national anthem it becomes so much more personal for me because of where she is and what she does...bringing these people to sing is just another marketing tool for nascar etc ...not the time or place...whether it is a nascar race or a sporting event please respect our country and most of all our servicemen and women past and present...the most heartwarming rendition I heard was at a high school basketball game.. the public address system failed to work and the student section sang this song without any music ...how proud I was of those kids! thank you for your service and even though I come from an "army" family this is one topic we both can agree on...
I agree, sing it and get it over with, stop showboating for your own personal agenda