Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Much Ado...and Sing Sing Sing

With the press having to be more entertainment and worry about ratings - something they didn't have to do when they were journalists - I could probably come up with one of these Much Ado's for a while, hence no number on this one because there are bound to be more.

I am not a Beyonce fan.  I don't particularly like the extra note or the sliding into notes or extra vibrato.  Her voice is pleasant enough and she has a range as long as she can slide into the note and not just hit it.  That said...

The press wants you to know that she may have lip-synced the National Anthem at the inauguration.  They are keeping this going as best they can and the fact the Beyonce's folks seem to have "no comment" adds fuel to the fire.  Did she or didn't she? What are the horrible consequences if she did and Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor did.

Let's put this in perspective.  Yo-Yo Ma cello-synced at the first Obama inauguration. It was freezing cold and Ma could not have kept the instrument in tune. No one reported on this horrible act then.  It was cold, although not as cold at the second inauguration. Beyonce has been working on her Superbowl show and had little time for rehearsal. So as did the other performers, she laid down a track in case.  All the music can be synced in the case of a cold day that prevents instruments from staying in tune or to protect a singer's vocal cords.  This means that every song, every piece of music for the event is pre-recorded specifically for the event. Besides, we all know what happens if someone messes up the National Anthem.

So Beyonce did the smart thing.  She chose or she didn't.  Either way she sang the song. Either way, it was not messed up.  Either way people got to see her.  Either way the day is not about Beyonce and her vocal cords.  It is about the peaceful transfer or continuation of the presidency that marks a great democracy.

Either way, it doesn't matter.  It is...Much Ado.