Monday was opening day for another season of Major League Baseball. The first official game of the season was played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where the Cubs hosted the St. Louis Cardinals.
Before the game, a “singer” named London Lo was called upon to perform the classic “God, Bless America.” She was introduced tellingly as an “up-and-coming” star. Be warned that if you don’t cover your ears while listening to the clip below, your lunch may be up-and-coming as well.
The problem with “stylizing” the national anthem and other patriotic hymns has been addressed before in these pages. The chief issue is that these simple refrains need no “help.” When people like Lo add their two cents, it is more an act of self-adulation and ego than it is anything else. The two simply don’t mix.