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Super Bowl Sunday and Singing Our National Anthem

Just a little something I came across tonigt. It’s credited to “A Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan”, but you know how that goes as far as letters floating around the internet I don’t know who originally wrote it and so far I’ve had no luck finding where it originated from, but I’d like to shake the person’s hand that did.

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 our 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 for honoring 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. We’re getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help.


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11-year-old boy Sings National Anthem – Performance Followed By Hateful Tweets

San Antonio, Texas born Sebastien De La Cruz, is an 11-year-old boy who sang the national anthem during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, and was the victim of hateful online comments following his first performance.
Despite this, De La Cruz returned to sing the anthem at the start of Game 4. Game 3 was such a blowout for the Spurs that the team asked De La Cruz to return and sing, eager to keep their luck going. The young singer, who was discovered on the TV show America’s Got Talent, was happy to come back.

Shortly after his performance, twitter lit up with hateful, racist comments about Sebastian,many questioning his race, immigration status…even his mariachi outfit. Fortunately, normal thinking Tweeters stepped up and partly due to public shaming, most tweets slamming Sebastian have since been either deleted or the authors have closed their accounts. It’s things like this that make me shake my head and wonder what the hell is wrong with some people?

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De La Cruz’s father, Juan De La Cruz says, says the family didn’t take the comments too personally.”I think people reacted the way they did because Sebastien was wearing his mariachi outfit,” said De La Cruz, “But, it doesn’t make sense to listen to those people when most of the feedback we have gotten is positive. San Antonio supports Sebastien.”
As for Sebastian, this is what he had to say…

Tweet by 11 year old Sebastian De La Cruz

Tweet by 11 year old Sebastian De La Cruz

In an interview when asked what he thought about the controversy, he explained how he was,”from San Antonio- born and raised” and how his dad was,”Actually in the Navy for a pretty long time.”

We should all take a lesson from this kid….


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Play the cymbals they said. You can’t fail the cymbals…

Awesome kid! He even had the presence of mind to turn and face the flag. Somebody raised him right.

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