Jose, can you see? Music will soon make its way into the national immigration debate. Some artists of the Spanish Speaking persuasion will be releasing a "rhythmic Latin musical arrangement" version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." I can just hear the radio talk show blowhards crying that the sacredness of our national anthem is being violated. Nah, you can't go there - you gotta know the words first. Wonder how many of the anti-paperless folks 'necks actually know the words. You see, at the yard, Daily Commentary is the only one around that actually sings the tune - they even put the words on the mega-giant TV screen. Not many takers.
Back in 1968, during the peak of the Vietnam War and a few months after MLK and RFK were assassinated and while our cities were hosting racial riots, Jose Feliciano opened Game 5 of The World Series (Cards vs Tigers) with a blues version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" - a lot in America freaked out - they thought the song had been "desecrated." I get a feeling we're fixing to relive the Feliciano interpretation. By the way, the Tigers, led by pitcher Mickey Lolich, won the series 4 games to 3.
"I'm hoping the Texans are smarter than I think they are," says "Mattress Mack." He has a two page ad running in tomorrow's Chron. "Mack" is even doing a little sabre ratttling. He's a Texan corporate sponsor - good for him and good for the fans. Errr, you have to wonder if he has a secret marketing deal in the works with Vince.
April 26, 2006, 9:00AM