Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Francis Scott Key's Observations on the Inauguration - Lip Synched by David F. Stern

Did those who attended the 57th Presidential Inauguration make the journey to witness an event of historic political importance?  Of course not.  They came to hear a brilliant anthem performed by a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice.  The rest of the day was just fluff.

Does it matter whether she stood there looking gorgeous and mouthed the words?  Certainly not to me.  Would I have preferred to hear tv "news" anchors yammer for days about how the band was poorly rehearsed and that Beyonce's cold really made her voice raspy?  Nay.

Whether "live" or not, the performance was moving and appropriate for the occasion.  This was not a Milli Vanilli moment - with everything going on in the world that desperately needs attention, it's incredible that this is getting so much press.

Would these lips sync?

In fairness, I sync the key to this “slow news day” Inauguration postamble is Francis Scott Key, the Maryland lawyer who wrote our National Anthem. What would Key sync? I texted him and got the following response. The General Laws of the State of Massachusetts, Section 9 sync for themselves and would most certainly apply here.

“Whoever plays, sings or renders the “Star Spangled Banner” in any public place, theatre, motion picture hall, restaurant or café, or at any public entertainment, other than as a whole and separate composition or number, without embellishment or addition in the way of national or other melodies, or whoever plays, sings or renders the “Star Spangled Banner”, or any part thereof, as dance music, as an exit march or as a part of a medley of any kind, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.”

I sync this is enuff on Beyonce-gate.


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