Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’


Chuck E.’s in Hollywood

March 13, 2013

Chuck E. Weiss is truly an American original. You should not miss the opportunity to see him if you get the chance. Read the rest of this entry ?


The National Anthem

February 5, 2013

I watched the Super Bowl and of course the National Anthem was performed. I thought that Alicia Keys did a terrific job. I’ve been reading about all the people criticizing her performance because she delivered the song in her style. The operative word is “style”. The National Anthem is a song, and throughout history a song is subject to interpretation, and that’s the beauty of a song. It’s not a prayer, it’s a song. When I did my version I chose to call it,” Defence of Fort McHenry”. Yes, the original spelling of defense was with a “c” instead of an “s”. The melody is from a British song called,”To Anacreon in Heaven”. I went into more detail on my blog “Defence of Fort McHenry”.

Songs have always been subject to arrangement so why should this one be any different. In my version I decided to change the time signature and the meter. I also accentuated the point that America is our home where we live, as Americans. I didn’t feel like I was doing anything immoral or sacrilegious. I leave the final decision up to the listener but all artistic presentations are personal and require the touch of individuality.