We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There's a famous song from the Broadway musical, "I Do, I Do" in which there is a lyric line "Men of forty go to town, women go to pot." As a woman, I can attest to the fact that, when you are a working mother and you get older and have two children, you might gain a pound or two more than you carried when you were in your twenties. The present [and only] Mrs. Brown may have gained a pound or two since the 1980s, but she is still a pretty woman who is married to an obviously devoted husband. And back in the 1980s, she was a certifiably gorgeous hottie.
What the MSM is trying to do is Palinize her and her husband -- who drives a truck for gosh sakes! It won't work -- at least it won't work with us grown-ups. And we're having a resurgence here. Finally.
It's as if the dems want us to believe that politicians are some kind of neutered, monk class. Dedicated to what ever it is they do, humorless, stark, plain, and not at all fun.
WTF? "my opponent appears to be a typical politician, but note in this photo that he has a life just like yours" [ewwww]
I really don't get these people, and believe it or not, this scares me more than a militant socialist. I understand what a wolf wants, that's easy. Not understanding, and now fearing, what ever these folks are on!!
chickadee ... I agree with you about Ayla -- she ought to be beautiful with two such handsome parents, and she is. But I too cringe when I hear our National Anthem sung, or 'styled' like a country song or a rock song. It's a hymn to freedom, and to our forefathers who fought for that freedom, and it needs to be sung as it was composed, as purely and simply as possible, as Julie Andrews might sing it.
All that being said, I too prefer a traditional rendition of the music. But Ayla's rendition is still quite good - and unlike too many who step up to sing our National Anthem, she at least knows all the words!
As for the [gasp!] music video, I'm old enough to recall it being shown on V66 in Boston, when they showed music videos late night on that station. Gail Huff [aka Mrs. Brown] was and is a lovely woman, and seeing this again only makes me like her - and her family - more.
Although I do not wish to disagree, I think that in reality, there IS no particular manner in which the "Star-Spangled Banner" should be performed...
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner "The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "The Anacreontic Song" (or "To Anacreon in Heaven"), set to various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one and a half octaves, it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the song has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today, with the fourth ("O thus be it ever when free men shall stand...") added on more formal occasions."
So, the melody (an octive and a half! How could those British drunks sing it?) of the song was already well established before Francis Scott Key's poem was set to it. I agree that the Nation's anthem should be performed in a "respectful" manner, but I would hesitate to call Alya Brown's rendition inappropriate. Then again, I never saw her performances on "American Idol" either, so maybe I'm wrong!!
Marianne: Personally, I always felt that our National Anthem should be "America the Beautiful". But, of course, that's not going to happen. According to two voice teachers I studied with in the past, both were, adamantly, against taking any liberties with our anthem. I think it's like when I cantor in my church. It's not about me and my style; it's all about the words that I'm singing that are important.