National Anthem Performances

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 @ 10:55 am | Entertainment

Bob Ryan:

Any singer, or singers, whose national anthem exceeds a minute and 15 seconds
would be subject to arrest and prosecution.

That might be a bit harsh — I’m sure there have been some decent renditions of the national anthem that have run a bit long.

My version of this would read:

Any professional singer, or singers, who get the words wrong when singing the
national anthem would be subject to arrest and prosecution.

If you’re a professional performer and your honored (yes, honored) with the task of singing the national anthem at a sporting event, learn the words. You have one job, please do it right.

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