The Star Spangled Banner
I have to admit I have been a big Daniel Tosh fan, and I actually liked most episodes of Tosh.0. I stopped watching for awhile when in my opinion, the producers and Daniel Tosh used poor judgement in showing people sticking their tongues in other peoples noses. To me, this was highly vulgar, offensive and certainly unnecessary for entertainment.
I personally had never heard of Current TV’s Bill Press until recently and I personally could care less whether I ever hear of him again. I can only imagine he is a legend in his own mind, with a self inflated ego that is probably as interesting to be around as scum in a petri dish. If he is considered great entertainment on Current TV, it is no wonder that Current TV is doing so well at failing in the Cable TV market.
The reason I even bring these two names up is because they share a common belief. Tosh says, "I hate our fucking National Anthem. The National Anthem blows." Well guess what Daniel, so do you, but that doesn't make most heterosexuals hate you.
Bill Press says, "This is a pet-peeve of mine. No, it is more serious than that. It’s more than a pet-peeve. It is a major crusade of mine, a major cause of mine and that is, to get rid of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Now I know you’re going to say I am not a true American, I’m not patriotic. I don’t think patriotism has anything to do with it. The national anthem is just absolutely monumentally unsingable. I mean there’s so much wrong with it. I don’t know where to start. It ranges two octaves. Most people can only do kind of one octave.”
How absurd is this argument? To be perfectly honest Mr. Press most people can't carry a tune in a bucket with a handle on it, but it doesn't keep us from singing. Most people try to mimic other singers rather than sing in their key, within the Two to four octave ranges the average person can obtain. I would suggest to those that only have one octave, that you sing the song in your key. Don't try to be someone you're not and you will enjoy it more.
Mr. Press I don't know of any human that can make the sound of a US Armed Services Band, and I don't know anyone that can play a guitar like Jimi Hendrix, but I know hundreds of people that can air play the shit out of The Star Spangled Banner when either one is heard.
I don't know of another song short of other patriotic songs that brings tears to the eyes of grown men every time they even hear The Star Spangled Banner.
I also do not know of another song, that when it is sung by some very talented singers in the world like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and countless others too numerous to name, that it brings goosebumps to the arms of its listeners.
For those of you that dislike The National Anthem because it is too hard to remember the words, or it is unsingable, just keep your mouth shut. This should be easy for you Mr. Press, as a former office holder in the Democratic Party, you are used to others being delegated to make up the slack where others fail.
I personally can't sing outside the shower, but I guarantee you this, I can sing every word and hit every note of The Star Spangled Banner in my shower.
I can say that when I watch Jimi Hendrix, or Travis Wammack play an electric rendition of The Star Spangled Banner on a guitar, I get goosebumps.
I can also say that when I hear the US Marine Band play The Star Spangled Banner I get tears in my eyes, and I take offense when others are disrespectful during the National Anthem.
Lastly, I can say that I become very angry when I pay for TV programming and it includes Americans that are disrespecting the National Anthem of the United States. You can dislike it, but showing disrespect for it is unacceptable. If you dislike it, try to have it changed, but in the mean time respect it for what it is.
The Star Spangled Banner is one of the most hated, most loved, most intimidating and most awe inspiring songs in the world. Only a handful of people have actually been given the gift it takes to climb the octaves to sing it properly but it does not take away from the feeling of pride it instills in most Americans.
As for you Daniel Tosh and you Bill Press, I will respect your right to dislike anything, but I will not respect you or your opinions again. Nor will I support either of your failing careers. Personally I do not watch Current TV and I will make sure I drop Tosh.0 from my DVR and viewing as well.
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