Fergie has been roundly criticized for her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at this year’s NBA All-Star Game. In case you missed it, here’s a video.

A singer makes a mistake trying to put their personal touch or embellishment on our national anthem, particularly in a mainstream venue.

Imagine if I were to do a jazzy, acapella rendition of Taps at a World War II veteran’s funeral. This would be unthinkable.

She tried to make the Star Bangled Banner her own by making it sexy and jazzy. She made it her own but not in a way her audience expected or appreciated.

Entertainers need to have situational awareness. Fergie did not. She made it about her, not about honoring America with the Star Bangled Banner.

For some things, there are no “do overs,” no mulligans. We see this over and over during the Olympics. And, this applies to Fergie’s rendition of the Star Bangled Banner at this year’s NBA All-Star Game.

 

Thought for the week:

“Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

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Dave Gardner is a management consultant, speaker, blogger and author based in Silicon Valley. He's been in the front row for the birth and evolution of Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world. Since 1992, Dave Gardner has focused on making the complex simple. He can be reached through his website, www.DaveGardner.biz, or via phone at +1 408-475-7068.

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