So Steven Tyler sang the Star-Spangled Banner at the Patriots/Ravens game, and yes I made a joke about it on Twitter. But then I got to thinking: did he really do that badly?
The answer, of course, is yes. And no!
Here it is. Yeah, it’s all screechy and flailing and WTF, but that also describes a lot of Aerosmith’s music. It just sounds odd because there’s no music, no effects, nothing for the vocals to run parallel to. You have to focus on the voice and that’s all. Hey, just like American Idol!
Tyler doesn’t have a very good voice, but he has a very good voice for rock.
Idol followed the game and Tyler’s performance could actually be used as a criticism of that show, where singers sing with no music and no effects. Sure, the really good singers stand out and the really bad singers deserve to be voted off the show, and they’re looking for a certain type of singer. But I think people like Tyler would fall somewhere in the middle. So would most rock singers. Tyler isn’t Whitney Houston or Josh Groban or James Taylor. You know what you’re going to get when you ask someone like Tyler to sing something like the National Anthem, or at least you should know.
We should be talking more about what Tyler wore to sing the song. Is there anyone else that defines the embracing of rock and roll as your lifestyle, even at the age of 84? I think not.
Not sure why I’m here writing about American Idol and football, two things I don’t really care about, but there it is. (Tomorrow: extreme makeovers and particle physics!)
But it finally snowed! And it’s cold! It’s almost like it’s winter or something.