Do you sing along at concerts? Do you sing in the shower? What about at baseball games?
I was at one of the Concert on the Prairie events last year and some famous opera singer was performing (along with several others performers that night). I don’t remember the song, but the guy behind me starting singing along. He was so much louder than the performer (from where we were sitting) that he was almost drowning her out. I texted my friends who were with me and asked if this was a sing-a-long show. I hadn’t been to one of these gigs and I confess little experience with opera in general. I was pretty sure, however, in all my experience watching movies and television and some field trip I took in school, that opera was not an audience participation type show.
BoDeans, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty… sing your heart out. Opera, not so much.
Somewhat related is singing at baseball games. I think everybody should chime in on Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch. However, I did get into a big argument once over the National Anthem (not at an actual game, mind you). I believe that when there is a specific singer brought in to sing the anthem, it’s polite to listen and not sing along. When it’s just instrumental or played as a recording, it’s okay to sing along. My friend vehemently disagreed and said, “it’s my right to sing along no matter who the performer is.” I don’t go to games with that friend anymore. He’s got a terrible singing voice.
For the record, I don’t sing in the shower. But I do, sometimes, write my blog in the shower.
Carry on, Citizens!
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