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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.



February 11, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


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    Comment by Cassandros | February 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. Cave Dude said:
    Ok, am I the only one who thought Christina Aguilera’s rendition of the National Anthem sucked, aside from her messing up the lyrics?


    No, your not. Unlike most, but perhaps not the head Caveman… I didn’t really have a bi problem with her messing up the words. It was an accident, she admiotted it was a mistake. Good enough for me. Singing, performing, doing anything in front of a crowd that large brings on stresses and brain fumbles unlike many other things. Mistakes are bound to happen, expecially when a performer is being asked last mnute to go out of their comfortzone with material they aren’t use to, and haven’t performed with those accompanying them.
    However, adding in notes, intentionally chamging what’s written on a nationaly anthem… of any country, is wrong and disrespectful. Peoples Mama’s have been saying for years, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I thini we can paraphrase that for national anthems… if you can’t respect the country enough to so your best to sing the actual song… don’t sing anything at all.
    That said… Miss Aguilera’s buthering of the melody was actually one of the least ambitious effots I’ve seen on fundementally changing the actual melody of the American Ntional Anthem.Ober the last decade I’m not sure I’ve actually heard a vocal rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that was even attempting to be accurate. That said… I’ don’t think I’ve ever heard ANYONE attempt any vocal gymnastics when singing any other National Anthem. Its almost as if there is a… double standard!?!
    Intentionally inserting, altering or deleting notes from a National Anthem is essentially the same as altering the words of the founding documents of a country. No one, for instance would have the audacity to say quote the “Declaration of Independence” and leave out key words or phrases so as to make it seem the document said something other or paradoxical to what it actually says.
    Its not like someone would change the phrase…
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,”
    … to some sort of vague paraphrase that left out the genesis of thought as to where those rights came from. Its not like someone would butcher the words and concept down to a paraphrase of the concept that wholly changed the meaning, and if they did they certainly wouldn’t do it a second time.Oh, my buddy just told me a current celebrity did that a few months ago… twice, after being informed what an insult it was… but that doesn’t change my contention… that anyone who has a modicum of respect for a county wouldn’t intelligently change the words to a historical and national artifact like the Declaration of Independence or to an equally imnportant National Anthem.
    So I guess I’ll be watching to see if Ms. Aguilera will do it a second time.

    Comment by Cassandros | February 17, 2011 | Reply

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