Monday, February 7, 2011

and the home of the brave.

Sunday night Christina Aguilera messed up the National Anthem. In front of, you know, pretty much the whole nation. She sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming," instead of "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming." To her credit, I am sure that she often improvises the words to her songs, and makes them her own, adding extra words, new words, and a whole train of tralllalalal's and oohhhs. However, I am having a hard time getting past this 'flub'. For one reason. It is not her song.

It is our song.

I remember in 7th grade our music teacher, Mr. Taylor, made us memorize by heart all of the verses to the "The Star-Spangled Banner". He failed us on the test if even one word was wrong. At the time I thought he was a little harsh. He said it was not a song that ever should be sung wrong, and that each of us had a responsibility to learn it -- and learn it right. I failed my test in 7th grade over three tiny mistakes. A test that taught me a lesson I have never forgotten.

I am sure Christina knows the words. She likely put in quality time getting her version ready. Oprah or Ellen will probably have her on this week, singing the REAL version, just so she can redeem herself. However, even with her platinum hair and ruby lips, Miss Christina failed the test , and that is that.

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