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ETA: I’ve listened to this twice, and I won’t listen to it again.  Every time I do, I notice something else I want to “fix” – this is, incidentally, why I’m scared shitless to be recording some songs, and why this video was my 5th take.  Too hard on myself?  Probably.  I’m just going to pretend I never posted this, except to reply to comments.

I’m posting the video description below, and you’ll also hear quite a bit before I actually start singing, so regardless of how long you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know what’s going on.


I’m VERY SORRY about the feedback. That happens when I hit a pure tone (i.e. a note that’s in tune) with the microphone I used, even when I turned my mouth away from it, as you can see me doing on the higher/louder notes.

I spend a lot of time explaining this in the video, but I’ve been promising to post myself singing The Star-Spangled Banner on my blog since 2007. This year, despite allergies limiting me to sing this in a ridiculously low key, I figured my voice wasn’t going to improve (I have Lyme disease that’s attacking my cartilage…and guess what your vocal cords are made of?), so this is the year. I don’t know what I’ll sound like next year, or if I’ll even have the range for it, so there you go.

Backlighting is on purpose, for several reasons – one is, my face isn’t the point. Another is vanity-related, yes, so go ahead and call me out on it.

Happy Independence Day!

Every time I sing, “by the dawn’s early light”, I think of Ramona Quimby, telling her family to turn on the “dawnzer” (i.e. lamp), because it gives “a lee light”.

PROMISE FULFILLED.  I will likely never do this again.

12 comments to OMG I FINALLY DID IT.

  • Nice. If I’m not mistaken, this isn’t the first time you’ve had a post featuring your vocal talent. Keep it up!

    I don’t mean to sound insulting, but the video looks like one of those crime series interviews with the person taped in the shadows “to protect the innocent.” Either way, it’s good to hear you flex those vocal chords again.

    • I hid my face on purpose, because that’s not the point of the video…and because I looked like hell…lol. I wore a Marines hat, though, just in case someone was able to suss that much out! :-)

      I appreciate the compliment. I’m doing a vocal rehearsal tomorrow for a possible gig at the end of the month, and I’m grateful, right now, that most of the songs are usually sung by guys (or girls with lower voices), because man, my higher register is just GONE right now.

      I did a post a while back (like…2 or 3 years ago) of me singing “Hallelujah” over this phone-posting system (Gabcast, I think) and Skype. It got hidden when I made all of my past entries private, but I’ll make it public again, and it’ll be the first entry to show up in the blog, so you can go look/listen, if you’d like.

    • Uh, or not. Apparently my Gabcast account has been inactive for so long, or the site has changed hands, and I can’t access my stuff, anymore. Oh, well. It’s not like I can’t do it again some other time.

      • Surely a pity, but apparently, also an opportunity. I did really enjoy the rendition of Hallelujah, and look forward to ‘the sequel.’

        Good choice on the hat, too. Ooh-rah, and hope your Independence Day is fun.

  • Janet

    well done! I do wish I could see your pretty face :)

  • Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  • gamachinist

    Way to go Bonnie!

  • MSgt B

    Yeah, the “True Crime” backlighting thing was mildly creepy.
    But you can be damn sure if I tried singing The National Anthem on video, I wouldn’t be showing MY face.

    Last night, the wife and I were playing cards in the dining room, and started singing along with Journey on the radio. This generated three calls to the local constabulary. Something about animal torture.

    So. Yeah. Some people will say “Wow. The creepy chick singing The National Anthem in the basement” But I say you go, girl. That was totally balls-out. Way to show your stones, and it sounded pretty damned good too.
    Wish I had found the post on the 4th, and not almost a week later.

    • Haha…thanks. I think I could have done better, but I always have been, and always will be, my own worst critic.

      Frankly, singing along with Journey is a challenge for anyone without Steve Perry’s magnificent pitch-resonating schnoz is a daunting task. Complaints should, therefore, be null and void.