Oh. My. God! I'm Defending p45!!!
A new video is making the rounds on the Internet that shows p45 standing between two military types for the National Anthem during opening ceremonies of the College Football Playoff National Championship game in Atlanta. He apparently forgot some of the words.
Sorry, I'm going to give him a pass on this one for a couple of reasons:
1. Everyone is entitled to forget the words now and again. Not to mention the melody. It's not, you know, the easiest song to sing. I've often wondered why we couldn't have something everyone could sing, like America the Beautiful, or even God Save the President. I've been singing the National Anthem for more years than many of you have been breathing. (OK, I've been saying the words and trying not to make too much noise with my best tenor* voice.) Every so often, I space out and forget the words. It happens. Big. Fracking. Deal.
It is better to be quiet when words are either unknown or forgotten than go into a rousing rendition of Ole Buttermilk Sky as I did my first time in Sunday School. I didn't know the song the other kids were singing, but I knew Ole Buttermilk Sky. Had it down pat. Mom and Dad played their record of Hoagy Carmichael singing so many times, the record came undone into a long, black, vinyl string. For those of you who don't know that classic, here it is for your listening enjoyment. Learn the words, learn the melody, you just never know when it will come in handy. (Hey! It's easier to sing than The Star-Spangled Banner!)
2. In watching the video of p45 the echoes and other noises were horrendous. If, as someone pointed out, he's hard of hearing (welcome to the club!) he probably couldn't hear enough of the song to know where in the song he should have been, and there is nothing worse than to be a word or two off in a group sing-along—unless, of course, you're singing a perpetual or infinite canon, aka round. Now there's a thought, let's sing the National Anthem as a round. Divvy the spectators up into 2, 3, or 4 parts and have each section of the stadium start their part at a different time. It sure couldn't hurt, and might even sound better.
I wear hearing aids. And even though they have filters so I can damp the background noise in high noise situations, it's still very difficult when there are a lot of echoes or a lot of different people talking or singing to hear and understand. I dislike going to most restaurants during their high volume times because the design vogue in places of fine dining (that would be anyplace that isn't considered fast food in my book) is industrial—hard surfaces that bounce noise and echo speech with no soft drapes, etc. to capture the sounds. Often, even with the filter, I can't understand everyone at my table. I do not enjoy sports bars.
Of course, if he couldn't remember the words, he could have just taken a knee. We'd have understood.
*Yes I sing best when I sing tenor—ten or twelve miles away from anyone.
Boycott Football. Save brains. Save lives.
Should you wish to add your name to the list of people apologizing for p45's reprehensible remarks about Haitians, Africans, and other people of color, please check out this petition and sign it:
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