Re: Slightly off topic...but The National Anthem
posted at 6/16/2014 12:49 AM EDT
In response to 67redsox's comment:
In response to miscricket's comment:
I know this is slightly off topic but I figured I'd toss this question out to the forum. I enjoy watching soccer and often try to catch some of the Premier League games. I've been watching a little more here and there with the start of the World Cup ( hopefully my enjoyment of Soccer does not get my BDC Sox forum card revoked!).
One cannot help but notice that many other countries sing along with their National Anthems..loudly, proudly, and passionately. In fact in Brazil's opening match, the team continued on with a second verse even after the music stopped.
So..my question is this. Why, in America, do we sit back so passively when our Anthem is being sung. It is only on the rarest of occasions ( games after a tragedy such as 911 or the Boston Bombings). I remember the Bruins game shortly after the Marathon Bombings where everyone in the Garden sang out loudly. We don't do that as a rule though..and I guess I am just wondering why?
"It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)
When I was a kid we sang at fenway. My dad, who fought for our freedoms in WWll, would always take his cap off. Even though the song can be a little tough to sing people would belt it out.
It really is sad no one sings it anymore. I think people stopped singing it because they always have a featured singer on the field now.
At first we would sing along with the soloist but I think people thought it was rude to sing over him/her. Perhaps fans feel we are supposed to listen rather than join in. I will sometimes but very quietly.
I once said to my husband I miss singing along but he said he enjoyed listening to the person singing. I guess some fans rather be entertained than sing the song.
For the most part there isn't a featured singer on the field for God Bless America so people feel the freedom to sing.
Just my 2 cents.
Agree; unfortunately, it appears the singers for the most part view it as a gig to strut their stuff, which is rather annoying;one of the few times this impressed me was when Whitney Houston did it, may she RIP.
Another time was at my daughter's recent commencement; it was done so well, and by a student, without ego, that I was close to tears. It still rings in my head