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Posted on 01/27/2014 7:10:03 AM PST by rhema
Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Lettermans show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, shes going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Musical attention at the Super Bowl usually focuses on the halftime show, but since this kind of attention is so rare in classical music these days, and since Fleming is the first opera singer ever to be accorded this, well, honor, the announcement has caused quite a stir.
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From a Marine Corps Colonel 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."
Semper Fi !
I have been impressed with many renditions at NHL arenas in Canada. It means a lot when someone who is not even an American delivers a proper, respectful rendition.
Thanks a lot guys, eh?
Finally! We may get a singer who can hit that high note without her voice cracking.
“—please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual. We’re getting a little weary of that.”
I actually thought I was the only one who felt this way. I often have to mute the TV it annoys me so much.
I am in complete agreement with the comments made by my fellow Marine.
In addition, let me say that Renee Fleming singing our National Anthem will likely be the high point of the entire Stupor Bowl Show.
Fleming is amazing. I look forward to haering this.
Where’s Mad Ivan?
well she’s certainly not a pop star
No, a lot of people are tired of it. Before my niece graduated high school, she sang in the choir. The choir director told them that under no cirrcumstances did he allow “scooping” and other such characteristics in their singing.
Amen! I refuse to listen to any “Whitney Houston” rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. It is disgusting.
At last someone, for the first time in 2 decades or more who will sing it with grace, power, and dignity...I’m psyched!
We’ve had opera singers sing it at Yankee games - Robert Merrill for one. Admittedly, a while ago. Renee Fleming is not only a good singer she’s a pretty, classy lady as well.
Well said Colonel. Well said.
“Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.”
Renee Fleming sings Amazing Grace at 9/11 memorial:
This will be done right. And it will probably be the only part of the Super Bowl I will watch.
From my old marching band director (paraphrased):
“The Star Spangled Banner should be performed in 1 minute, 20 seconds. No longer.”
Too bad Elina Garanca isn’t American.
It may be tough for an opera singer to hit the high notes with sleet flying in her face. Hope she’s pre-recorded and lip-synching.
There was one dude at the Forum in Montreal, a tenor, during the late 80’s early 90’s who would make me stop me in my tracks.
Well said, Rhema!!
You could not be more wrong. Houston's rendition at Super Bowl XXV (Bills v Giants) was the best I have ever heard. I was at that game in Tampa and believe me when I say there was not a dry eye in the stadium at the end. The game was played right after Desert Storm remember. Go to YouTube and watch it.
Some people never learn the sometimes......understated, subtle, and dignified works better.
I blame Jose Feliciano, he started the whole “interpretation” thing during the 68 World Series.
Some of them do sound like they are “death rattling” when they try to hit the high notes!
The first opera singer since Enrico Palazzo.
Now if they’d only do a section of Phantom of the Opers for halftime, that would be something.
I do not like Opera but it has to be a refreshing change from some of the idiots they choose to sing the anthem.
Most of the female singers they choose to sing the anthem need to go back to hooking on the corner. Most of the male singers need to go back to shining shoes at the bus station. ;-)
I like this Marine’s eloquence a lot better than mine!
Didn’t she sing the anthem once before, at another event, and fumble the words?
“I blame Jose Feliciano, he started the whole interpretation thing during the 68 World Series.”
Didn’t Lou Rawls beat him to the punch? I remember the news story about Rawls disrespecting the anthem when he sang it at a game.
“meadsjn” could not be more right. I hated Whiney Houston’s butchery of the National Anthem when she committed it, and have grown to find it, and its imitators, more loathsome as the years pass.
The Marine Officer quoted at the top of this thread is 1000% dead-nuts on.
At last someone, for the first time in 2 decades or more who will sing it with grace, power, and dignity...Im psyched!
I cannot recall if it was Denver/New England or the 49ers/Seahawks game, but the singer sang it very straight. It was shocking and quite enjoyable.
Save your vocal pyrotechnics for other songs.
“Hey, it’s Enrico Palazzo!”
I just hope that when the time comes for her to knock a referee unconcious and then save Queen Elizabeth’s life, she, like Enrico Palazzo, has what it takes.
Amen. But I am afraid that Fleming will show off. I dont like the way she sings OPERA!
I agree. It was so well done that It makes me sad to recall how she wasted her talent in years thereafter. She was the female Elvis.
Ms. Fleming will have to be great to beat out Whitney Houston
Caterwauling mediocrity. (Actually, superior at caterwauling)
In your opinion
A recording of the Jimmy Hendrix Woodstock reveille (in honor of the pending 45th anniversary) would be better.
I think you may be thinking of Roger Doucet but he passed away in 1981 so I am not sure. His rendition of O Canada at the Montreal Forum was legendary.
Nothing but a screaming skag.
Thanks, but no. Doucet was perfect, technically, but this guy (of whom I’m thinking) had some serious pipes.
Better a screaming skag than a screaming skank.