Beyoncé Practices Singing Until Her Feet Bleed, Turns National Anthem Into Self-Serving Stunt

super bowlRolling Stone reports:

Beyoncé Sings National Anthem Live at Super Bowl Press Conference

‘Any questions?’ pop star says with a laugh

Beyoncé opened a Super Bowl press  conference on Thursday afternoon in New Orleans with a rousing rendition of the  national anthem – and this time it was definitely live. After a rapturous round  of applause by the media in attendance, the singer took questions about her upcoming Super Bowl gig as well as her controversial  lip-syncing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s second inauguration last week.

“I am a perfectionist. One thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed, and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra,” Beyoncé said. “It was a live television show and a very, very important, emotional show for me – one of  my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about my president and the inauguration, and I did not want to take away from that. I decided to go  with a pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I am  very proud of my performance.”

Beyoncé added that  she will be “absolutely singing live” at her Super Bowl performance this coming Sunday. “I am well rehearsed. I will absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born to do.” 

It’s bad enough that our National Anthem is turned into an episode of The Voice on a regular basis–merely seen as a chance for singers to showcase their abilities of song embellishment. But here it was actually used merely to make a point–to give the media the finger in reaction to criticism the singer received for her previous lip-synched performance.

I guess the song really isn’t as sacred as I grew up believing. Because contrary to its lyrics, which suggest it’s a song about pride in the brave, indomitable American spirit, it’s usually rendered with all the faux agony and ecstasy of a breakup song or Marvin Gaye seduction anthem.

If we do need a new National Anthem, as some suggest, it’s because we need to start from scratch. We’ve added too many superfluous spangles to the current one.

Yes, I have a question, Beyoncé: What’s up with rehearsal causing bleeding feet? Does that happen when you sing with too much sole?

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 19:12:42

    You’re right, it is a shame when the National Anthem is mangled by Aguilera-esque divas. Sometimes it’s almost stressful to listen to. Great soleful pun by the way. I’m sure she has a good podiatrist on retainer.


  2. john
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 21:14:25

    too much sole !!?? Funny though, when I sing it makes people’s ears bleed.

    Oh, agreed on overspangling the Banner. It’s a great song, just sing the song.


  3. Anonymous
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 22:18:54

    And you might ask your sister how to handle singing and painful foot problems: I remember that she had to take off her shoes to sing Ave Maria at your grandmother’s funeral!
    I think we need a new anthem. But I think we have enough guns too, and don’t need a song about bombs.
    (Completely befudling the train of thought here…)


  4. mvcoogan
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 22:19:35

    That wasn’t anonymous, that was Mike C


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