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.