Singing the National Anthem

September 24th, 2011

Why can’t people sing the National Anthem correctly any more?

It is a difficult song to sing covering several octaves, but singers should attempt to cover the notes as needed for their range.

In a country so determined to honor soldiers and veterans, it seems hard to believe that we would stand for the national song to be destroyed.  This is the ultimate acknowledgement of the troops and veterans.  It is disrespectful to not sing the song correctly and honor those who fought and even gave their lives for this country.

It is not a song that is be changed, to show creative musicality.  It is to honor the country and should be sang as written.

There is no freedom of speech in regard to the National Anthem.  Sing it as written, or if one is unable to sing it correctly,  get off the stage.  It is not a performance.  It is an honor to be chosen to sing the song at a public venue and should be held in that regard.

Better yet, just use the Jimi Hendrix version in all instances!

As always, this is my humble opinion.  Take it or leave it.

You Know It’s Spam When …

June 14th, 2011

There are certain responsibilities that come with having a web site and a blog.  Maintaining and updating the site is the most important aspect.  This includes cleaning up comments posted by unknown spam-bots.  Deciding which comments to approve or delete is easy when one has a guideline to follow.  The following is that guideline.

You know it’s spam when …

Comments contain random words that make absolutely no sense.

One is invited to visit a site containing information on cheap Viagra or easy women.

Comments on the awesome blogging ability of the blogger and saying blog is being shared with others in their “group” with link to something.

Thanking the blogger for posting great information that has been very useful when the blog is a personal one containing no information.

Telling the blogger the site has been added to “their favorites” and asking the blogger to return the favor by “visiting their site”.

Reading the comments makes one scratch their head and say “what the hell?”

Comments are in a foreign language, usually Russian or possibly Thai.

Commenter asks if there are any plug-ins to prevent hacking.

Commenter asks if the blogger has considered using a different browser than the current one.

Comments telling about sex stories or places to go for those stories.

Thanking the blogger for giving them (the commenter) the courage to start their own blog.

Giving the blogger a job opportunity to make big money at home surfing the internet.

These are just a few examples of the types of comments that a blog receives.  I look forward to seeing the comments on this blog post so I can have a good laugh.  I hope everyone finds something of importance in this blog and that all the people in the group enjoy it.

To the other bloggers out there, find the courage from this blog to start your own.  Most likely, no one will read it.

Cheers!

Christmas Time is Here

December 24th, 2010

December brings cold weather, snow, and the most exciting time of year. The entire year we wait for two days in December that are more exciting than any other time, holiday speaking, that is: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Today is Christmas Eve. Shopping for presents is finished; holiday baking–finished (at least as much as I plan on doing); house decorated; tree set up and decorated; now all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the two days.

Of course, visiting family that you only see a couple of times a year is on the agenda. That’s what we have to do today.

There is something magical about this time of year. But I have noticed that over the course of my life, the magic seems to be lessening as I grow older. People don’t seem as cheerful or awe-struck with the season. Could it be that apathy plays a big part in this lack of magic?

Either way, I am going to enjoy the next two days with my loved ones, i.e., my husband and two sons.

To those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays for whichever holiday you choose. May everyone have a great December and Happy New Year.

***Mary***

For the Love of Queen

August 29th, 2010

For the past year or two, my family has had a love affair with the music of Queen. We have bought CDs and DVDs of Queen’s music and videos. This fascination with Queen has become more of an obsession. Queen’s music plays from our car stereo, our iPods, our home stereo, and even our computers.

I listen to Queen with an admiration. I admire the members of the band. Each one contributed some thing unique and special to the group. They, each one, are musical geniuses.

My favorite Queen song is the one playing at the time I am listening. This means, I like all of Queen’s music. However, the genius of Freddie Mercury comes through on certain songs. Bohemian Rapsody is probably the best known of Freddie’s creations. But, notwithstanding are other great songs such as “A Kind of Magic”, “The Show Must Go On”, “Teo Torriato”. Even though Freddie didn’t write all of these songs, his vocals are what sets Queen’s sound apart from any other band.

The incredible Brian May on guitar showcases a talent equalled only by the likes of Eddie Van Halen or Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits. Brian not only played lead, he wrote a lot of Queen’s music. But music is not the only thing Brian May knows how to do. He has a doctorate in Astrophysics and has written a book. That explains the depth of some of the song he wrote for the band such as ‘39’.

Roger Taylor, drummer, wrote as well as did backup vocals. He was a lot like Rod Stewart in the ‘70s and ‘80s, with the long blonde hair and gravelly voice. Roger’s drum solos are some of the best in the business.

Bass guitarist, John Deacon, didn’t do much singing; however, he did play great bass and wrote a lot Queen’s ballads. John was an essential part of the band, even if he was one of the quietest members.

The four players were the best in the business. Their music endures even twenty years after the untimely death of Freddie Mercury. Queen’s music, their performance adventures and shenanigans, the music videos, will live on for decades to come, creating new followers and entertaining the original fans from the 1970’s.

Long live (the) Queen!!

My Blog

August 18th, 2010

I have the ability to write a blog and publish it on my website.  It is a nice way to rid myself of random thoughts.

The problem with this is that I forget I have it.  So, sometimes during the day, when the random thoughts hit and I feel a need to tell someone about them, I think….hmm, if only I had a forum for such an idea.  But, guess what??  I do!  

So why don’t I use it?  Probably because no one but me reads it.  Still, it is a good way to get rid of the random thoughts so I can think on more elaborate, intelligent things.

I am so glad I have a blog!

The First Official Post on My New Blog!

July 9th, 2010

Hello, everyone!  Welcome to my new website, created and designed by my wonderful elder son, Kyle.  He is a computer/website GENIUS!!

Kyle insisted that I needed a website of my own.  After several years of telling him I really didn’t do anything that entitled me to my own site, I gave in.  So, as of July 7, 2010, I, Mary Gottfried, a virtual nobody, has my own website!  Only in America, I guess…

This website will have some of my early stories and plays.  I will also post some of my favorite recipes, and other things that my heart desires.  At this point, that could be just about anything!

I hope people (someone, anyone) will read my blog and enjoy what I write.  Be aware that sometimes my thoughts run rampant and out of control, with a weird sense of humor thrown in.  

And, if at any time while reading this blog you should feel offended, drop me a line.  Chances are I won’t do anything about it, because one can always find something else on the internet to read.  Just saying…