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Do We Really Need Celebrities for That?


The legendary Aretha Franklin. Jesse McCarney. Steven Tyler. Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis. Roseanne Barr.

And most recently, Christina Aguilera.

They’ve all found ways to butcher, either through missed lyrics or a rotten job of carrying a tune, the National Anthem.

It’s a difficult song musically. It requires quite a vocal range that a lot of people don’t have. And any song that uses a non-word like o’er isn’t exactly friendly to the masses who have to memorize it.

So I’d like to propose an alternative to solve this little dilemma once and for all.

Ready? Here we go….

Ditch the celebrities. No, really. We don’t need them. The level of anger we allow ourselves to feel when one of them get it wrong is nowhere near the level of pride we feel when we think anyone gets it right.

The celebrities, therefore, are only there to give us the chance to be pissy. And in today’s society, we don’t need to find any new excuses for that.

We should just accept the fact that most people don’t know the words to the Star-Spangled Banner, put them on the Jumbotrons or print them on fliers that everyone gets for free, and then when the time comes, we just sing the song.


No big name to screw things up.

It’s just us. Saluting our country. We shouldn’t need a celebrity to do that for us.

And if we really do, we have far more important things to worry about than some supposedly famous person botching a line of a song.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.