Ok, am I the only one who thought Christina Aguilera’s rendition of the National Anthem sucked, aside from her messing up the lyrics?
Granted, my contempt is not limited to her, I detest just about every singer who does the anthem because they feel the need to insert notes that arent in the actual song, to me it seems like me pointing to a picture in a magazine and telling a landscaper to make my lawn just like it is in the picture and then having him do something quite different to express his individuality. It’s become so common that I really wonder if singers think they NEED to change notes in order to make it good.
Personally, I can’t stand this, if you happen to like this practice so be it, but the funny thing is that while she was criticized for messing up the lyrics (which I can actually forgive pretty readily) she will NEVER be criticized for messing up the notes, except by a fictional character like Peter Griffin.
The reason WHY you won’t hear criticism against they style of singing is because it’s very popular among blacks, and even though Aguilera is quite pale a criticism of that style would be seen as a de facto criticism of black people. The funny thing is that style of singing, very common and thought to originate in Southern Gospel Music sung by black people, actually comes from the Irish! Yes, plenty of Irish/Scottish people immigrated and made their homes in the South, so what we have is white people imitating black people imitating the Irish.
Take a listen, see if you hear the subtle fluctuation of notes within the singing.
While I don’t find this offensive, it has nothing to do with their color, it’s because the song was designed with that style in mind, the lilting notes were intended to be there, unlike in the Star Spangled Banner, and to remove notes that were intended to be there wouldnt be any different in principal than inserting notes that arent intended to be there.
Anyway, this is just one more example that double standard that is constantly present in our society, and it’s often become so common that people don’t consciously recognize it as a double standard any more.
Fight the Power!
Oh yeah, she looked a lot better when she was nursing.
Ok, I’ve been gone for a bit but now I’m back, and I promise you’ll get regular doses of old fashioned Caveman wisdom and humor, now onto my failed attempt at glory and Patriotism.
This is my idea for an updated Patriot’s alternate uniform, it’s basically the same layout they have now but with the colors inverted, so they red would once again be the dominant color, with white as the secondary, and blue as the minor color. The helmet is also a combination of the old and new, with the flying Elvis on a white helmet that has a blue/red stripe down the middle.
The basic idea was to update the throwbacks, which are mediocre in my opinion. This would make your brain think it was the throwback while being a nice modernization, and everyone I showed this to at my office said they preferred it to the throwbacks and would even consider buying one if available. It’s especially interesting to note that the throwbacks only sell for around $25 at the pro-shop at Foxboro while the regular jerseys sell for about $90, apparently I’m not the only one who thinks the throwbacks are nothing special.
I think it kicks ass, and I sent it to the Patriots and it was promptly returned, according to the letter I got they didnt even open it due to their corporate policy. This has actually become commonplace since Star Trek was sued by someone who sent in a script that was very similar to an episode their aired later on, so to avoid any legal issues they don’t take in any outside ideas.
Oh well, Brady to Welker would have looked great in those uniforms.