February 8, 2011
There ought to be a law. Pop/rock singers and other celebrities who think they can sing should not be allowed to sing the national anthem, especially at large nationally televised venues. The latest insult to our national anthem was at this year's Super Bowl. Time and time again, event promoters make the same mistake, and the performance becomes the subject of ridicule even before the final note is sung. There are three basic reasons why this is not a good idea. First, celebrities all too often forget the words.
January 25, 2010
Maryland license plates would lay claim to the state as "Home of Our National Anthem," if one state lawmaker has his way. State Sen. Larry Haines, a Republican who represents Carroll and Baltimore counties, introduced a bill that would put the slogan on all plates starting Oct. 1. Maryland last displayed a slogan on its standard-issue license plate in the mid-1980s, celebrating the 350th anniversary of the state's founding as a colony. Maryland native Francis Scott Key penned "The Star-Spangled Banner" almost 200 years ago after the British attacked Baltimore's Fort McHenry.
January 10, 2012
Just before the Ravens face the Houston Texans Sunday, they will hear a familiar voice - other than John Harbaugh's, that is. It will be the smooth, vibrant baritone of Mishael Miller, who has sung the national anthem for Ravens home games since the first one in 1996. "It has definitely been a blessing," Miller, 41, said. "I meet people weekly who recognize me. I never thought it would have been the anthem that people would know me for, or that I would become a staple in this area as a result of singing it. " With an octave-and-a-half range, "The Star-Spangled Banner" has defeated many an amateur and professional singer.
April 10, 2010
At 2:53:42 Friday afternoon, thousands of Orioles fans committed an act of patriotic blasphemy. Or engaged in a show of loyalty to the hometown team on Opening Day. To "O" or not to "O," that has been the question since, well, when? Sometime in the 1970s, fans and Mike Gesker, author of The Orioles Encyclopedia, seem to agree. But there the agreement ends. Like the debate about the worthiness of playing "Thank God, I'm a Country Boy" during the seventh-inning stretch, the "O" argument goes round and round, getting stuck every couple of years like a phonograph needle on an old record.
January 31, 2012
If resurrecting Jimi Hendrix proves impossible, I'm going with the Dixie Chicks, who taught America that criticizing the president and singing a truly beautiful version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" are not mutually exclusive acts. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun This singing business is overrated. I vote for an instrumental version - blues, say, or, better yet, surf-rock. Maybe Los Straitjackets? (With or without wrestling masks.) Anne Tallent, editor, b Here's my short-term memory kicking in: Kristin Chenoweth, who performed at the NFC Championship with the right balance of flair and traditionalism.
December 20, 1995
It might be time to stop singing or playing our national anthem before high school basketball games.It has become increasingly painful for those of us who respect and even revere our flag and "The Star-Spangled Banner" to tolerate the noise, laughter and flat-out mimicking of the anthem, not to mention the too many who don't bother to stand when asked to do so.County high school athletic directors and administrators who help with crowd control at athletic events...