Sunday, October 24, 2004

Well, the game part was good

Boston has hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of very good singers. Why don't the Red Sox ask one of them to sing the patriotic sentiments at the baseball games? Seriously, I've heard more bad singing in the past two weeks' worth of seventh innings than I did in three weeks at an amateur Gilbert & Sullivan festival. Good rules of thumb for singers in front of national audiences: (1) don't elect to go to notes that are out of your comfortable range. (2) breathe extra-deep when singing, so that you can sing more than one word per breath.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I was listening to 'God Bless America' last night, and it seemed to me that she was making all of the mistakes that make the choir director stop and restart practices: awkward breaks for breaths, lack of attention to the lengths of notes, lack of attention to the meaning behind the words, and a whole heaping helping of general sloppiness.