One Marine's advice for the Super Bowl
Friday, January 31, 2014
Many will be watching the Super Bowl all around the world. Not only Americans but many nations. Sure there may be a couple commercials that are funny (waaay over paid) and hopefully the game is a good one since we won’t have any football until Aug….smh. I myself will be with friends enjoying some cigars and I’m sure sharing/reminiscing some war stories. That’s what the game is really about. Everything surrounding it. The million dollar football players will get to go home safety if they win or lose unlike some of your warriors. So, look at this game as an opportunity to hang out with friends and enjoy one another. Otherwise, if you’re not under three feet of snow go for a run. If you’re not going to enjoy the game, don’t miss the opportunity to improve yourself. However, if you do watch the game, think about the below as you watch The Star Spangled Banner, I will be for sure. You will probably be able to hear my comments from where ever you live if they dork it up, but hey, that's One Marine's View.This year Renee Fleming will sing it.
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 forhonoring 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 spiritual song. We're getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help."
Time for a C-Gar