I third, or fourth, this suggestion. But not for the Star Spangled Banner.In Boston? Have Jonathan F'in Richman! Christ! He should have a statue of him in that city but barely anyone still knows who the hell the guy even is.
Things I learned recently:seems obvious:
Rancourt first began singing the anthem in Boston at Fenway Park. He took part in an opera singing audition on the radio and was heard by John Kiley, long-time organist at both Fenway and the Boston Garden. Rancourt sang before Game 6 of the World Series in 1975 when singer Kate Smith cancelled her appearance.
He reminds me that there are a lot of boring people on the planet who only kind of like music, and mostly want something comforting on in the background while they do something else.Pretty much anyone else would be a better choice. With that said, I thought he actually did OK. He sped it up a bit, so at least I didn't fall asleep.
True JT story: my wife is a huge fan, me not so much. To me, every one of his songs sound the same. Anyway, many years ago I surprised her with tix to see JT at Mansfield (whatever it's called now). I made it through the set, although I was quite bored. And then the encore...people are standing, singing, clapping, etc. And I fell asleep.