Tag Archives: Star-Spangled Banner



PHOENIX, Arizona (The Adobo Chronicles) – John Travolta introduced her as Adele Dazeem at last year’s Academy Awards. She is none other than Broadway star Idina Menzel, who sang the Oscar-winning Best Song, ‘Let It Go’ from the Disney animated film ‘Frozen.’

The Tony award winner, 43, was just announced as the singer of the national anthem at this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49 for the Roman Numeral-challenged).

Despite its confidence in Menzel, the National Football League (NFL) is not taking any chances.   It doesn’t want a repeat of the many instances when celebrity singers messed up with the lyrics of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’

So, the NFL has decided to project the lyrics of the National Anthem on the stadium’s giant screens to make sure Menzel is not only perfect in pitch but also flawless in words.

Plus, the audience and television viewers can sing along. Now, that would be very patriotic!

As for the half-time show performer Katy Perry… well, she will be Katy Perry.


Toronto, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was Hockey game night on Tuesday between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Nashville Predators.  As usual, the game was preceded by the singing of the national anthems of the U.S. and Canada.

When it came to the U.S. national anthem, something went wrong.The microphone failed and the singer could not be heard. What happened next shocked the Hockey world.

Toronto fans picked up, stepped in and continued singing the American national anthem to the precise beat and correct lyrics.

Upon learning of this heroic act by the Canadians, the U.S. State Department made an official announcement declaring automatic dual citizenship for all Canadians. “Many Americans can’t even sing our national anthem, let alone do it with the correct lyrics, but the Canadians impressed us with their affinity to our flag and our national anthem,” a State Department spokesperson said.

While the dual citizenship applies to all Canadians, it applies only to Americans who can sing O Canada in tune and with the correct lyrics.






San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It happened yet again, before tens of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers.

Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Aaron Lewis came out to sing the Star-spangled banner at AT&T Park before Game 5 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. He botched the lyrics and had one “gallantly streaming” too many.

The U.S. National Anthem is now officially the “most murdered song lyrics” of all time.  Thanks to Lewis and the likes of Roseanne Barr, Christina Aguilera, Carl Lewis, Michael Bolton and many other celebrities. A quick Google search will show you all the embarrassing moments of our flag.

Republican Senator Michele Bachmann of Minessota wants to put a stop to this madness. Today, she filed a bill in Congress seeking  to scrap the singing of the national anthem at baseball, football and other ball games, especially during the World Series or the Super Bowl.

“We need to respect the one song that binds us all together — Republicans, Democrats and Independents. If we can’t sing it right, let’s not sing it at all, ” Bachmann said.

In her bill , Bachmann proposed that the singing of the national anthem during ball games be replaced instead with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. But to make sure that no one messes up the pledge, she also proposed that cheat sheets bearing the correct verses of the pledge be distributed to all those in attendance at the ball games.

“We can still make a spectacle out of it, ” she said, suggesting, for example, that the pledge be followed by the firing of handguns and AK-47s into the air. The National Rifle Association (NRA) said it would support Bachmann’s bill, promising to be a major sponsor of ball games nationwide.

Bachmann hopes to gather bi-partisan support for her bill. “This will be my legacy in Congress,” she said.