Reminder: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is a terrible song

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Over the Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will undoubtedly be coerced into singing a drunken rendition of the National Anthem. And understandably so. “The Star-Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 and set to the tune of a popular British song of several decades earlier, is a triumphal, well-loved reminder of our nation’s historical roots.

It is also, objectively, a pretty bad song.

I’m not the first to take issue with “The Start-Spangled Banner.” Last year, Slate made the case against it, pointing out that the song’s extreme difficulty (the range between the highest sung note and the lowest is an octave and a half), its militaristic lyrics, and its bizarre provenance made it an odd choice for a national anthem. Dale McGowan, a professor of music, has made an even more thorough case against the song, which he calls an “aggressive, unsingable, relatively-recently-adopted, ill-constructed descendant of a raunchy bar ballad turned celebration of obscure military stalemate.”

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MERRY CHRISTMAS: Explicit Milla Jovovich photos by Mario Sorrenti!

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Milla… (NSFW)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS:

Purple Fashion Magazine FallWinter 2009,Photographed by Mario Sorrenti.

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Check out a Frida Kahlo influence on Luc Besson’s The 5th Element here

And last year’s Christmas post of Raquel Welsh being crucified here

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Important message from George Carlin:

“Some people are really fucking stupid. Did you ever notice that? How many really stupid people you run into during the day? Goddamn, there are a lot of stupid bastards walking around. Keep track of them, you’ll wind up with 30 or 40 names by the end of the day. Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. It doesn’t take very long to spot one, does it? Take you about 8 seconds. You’d be listening to some guys and say, ‘This guy is fucking stupid!’ Then there are some people, they’re not stupid, they’re full of shit. That doesn’t take long to spot either, does it? Takes the same amount of time. You’d be listening and say, ‘Well, he’s fairly intelligent….. Ah, he’s full of shit!’ There there are some people, they’re not stupid or full of shit, they’re fucking nuts! Dan Quayle is all three! All three: stupid, full of shit, and fucking nuts!” — George Carlin, Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics (1990)

Simple advice I can give you:

It’s telling that sometimes the bravest people tell the truth. Reason I say that is because people who don’t like what you have to say will do their best to bring you down and even worse make up stories about you so they can feel better about themselves. Too bad that that won’t happen.

What doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger… :)