Tag: star spangled banner

Best Star Spangled Banner Performance: Diana Ross

 

Diana Ross was the first pop star to perform the national anthem at a Super Bowl, and her 1982 performance set a standard not yet surpassed at any professional sports venue. From high school to professional sports events, Americans have long started these secular public rites with our national anthem. The NFL had long leaned on college marching bands and choruses, but broke from tradition with a pop star actually past the peak of her genre. Diana Ross, Motown royalty, rose to the occasion in Detroit’s Silverdome Stadium, setting the standard for future performers.

There are three basic rules for a good national anthem vocal performance:

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This week marks the 205th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the song which everyone knows, few can sing, and which has unfortunately become a symbol of controversy in recent years. Our national anthem is everywhere from sporting events to patriotic rallies, but do you know the full story behind this song? Written by a 35-year […]

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Patriotism Epitomized

 

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, but I’ve watched this video of Gladys Knight twice. Beautifully sung. Touching moment with our troops. Military jets soaring.

Every now and then, being reminded that we are all part of something bigger is soul-filling.

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Okay…I hope I’m not acting like some old curmudgeon here, but annoying clothing season has started again. Who is designing the casual clothing that I keep seeing where they take the colors and symbols of the US flag and replicate them as a pair of shorts? I don’t mean a shirt with a flag on […]

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Save or Kill – Ricochet Edition

 

save or killThis past weekend, I did a pop-culture post based on a game Collider uses on its website called “Save or Kill.” The premise is that you are presented with two icons, both threatened with being wiped from existence forever, and must choose which of the two to save; you cannot save both. The game works best when you really love both icons, so it becomes a real Sophie’s Choice.

That first post didn’t get as many responses as I’d hoped — though my thanks to those who did participate, and there’s still time to jump in! — so I’m tailoring the game in this post with options better-suited to the interests of the Ricochetti.

So, read the list of the choices below and — in the comments — post which of the two icons you’d save for each of the ten choices. There’s no obligation to explain your reasoning, but I think it’ll be more fun with it. The criteria you use for judging is entirely up to you: you can do this based exclusively on personal preference, or on which option you feel is more important to society. Also, if you’re not familiar with both options in a scenario, feel free to abstain from that particular scenario.

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In 1944, Stravinsky added his arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner to the program he was conducting with the Boston Symphony in an effort to foster and preserve patriotism during such difficult times. The police caught wind of the radical dominant seventh chord in the arrangement and ordered Stravinsky to pull the piece on the grounds […]

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