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Beyoncé gets last laugh, sings National Anthem live at Super Bowl press conference

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It’s ironic how the wave of popular opinion changes perhaps more swiftly than ever for or against an artist in today’s culture. Just days ago, many crucified Beyoncé for lip-synching the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration on January 21, 2013. In a smart PR move, Beyoncé decided to silence her critics by singing the National Anthem live and acapella at her Super Bowl press conference just yesterday, January 31, 2013.

So Beyoncé gets the last laugh — at least for now. The reason I say “for now,” is because the press, social media and people at large are always hungrily anticipating the next opportunity to turn on someone. As an artist myself who has been turned on more times than I can count, it’s always sort of looming out there. And it can be quite difficult to stop that momentum once it gets started.

But for now, Beyoncé proves what we all knew, which is that she sings well, and in literally a minute or two, she turned the wave of popular opinion back in her favor. At the moment, the fashionable position to take can be seen in quotes all over the press and social media such as, “Beyoncé kicks ass, “She proves her haters wrong,” and that the term “Beyoncé-gate” is ridiculous and overblown. As any artist knows, that wave is forever-changing and fleeting. Having been there myself, it’s never a matter of if, but when the next controversy arises.

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Beyoncé Lip-Syncs National Anthem for Obama Inauguration

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As a voice teacher and singer, I was curious to check out Beyoncé singing the National Anthem for President Obama’s inauguration on January 21, 2013. The National Anthem is a hard piece to sing because it covers a wide range of an octave and a perfect fifth, which is greater than most songs.

As I listened to her performance, I thought to myself that her lowest notes were weak and airy. Her vibrato wasn’t spinning at the same rate throughout her range. On some notes it was faster, while on others, it was slower. However, I was quite impressed with Beyoncé’s sense of pitch; it sounded perfect! Well, there was a reason why….

Beyoncé lip-synced her performance to a recording she made the day before. Ah, no wonder why her pitch was perfect. Recently, there has been a practice of backing up instrumental performances in case of weather related or technical problems, so Beyoncé is not the first or only person to do this.

As I read through peoples’ comments about this on CNN, I was surprised that they were mixed. I initially thought that everyone would rip her apart. After all, this was the inauguration of the President of the United States, arguably the most powerful man on earth. Wouldn’t it make sense for there to at least be live singing for a couple of minutes for such an important event? While some people did criticize her, others were willing to give her a pass, based on things such as the fact that it was cold outside and that it could be hard to hear oneself sing in that environment.

It just goes to show that more and more, people want product perfect, and that they don’t care if it’s produced by technology. After all, people pay a lot of money to attend Britney Spears’  “concerts” that are lip-synced. Artistically speaking, if something happens frequently enough and long enough in our culture, it becomes more or less, accepted.

For me, I always go back to the fact that there was a time when technology couldn’t save an artist and that they had to get the job done. I would hope that if I was ever fortunate enough to sing for the inauguration of the President of the United States, that I would actually sing live for the minute or two that it takes to do the National Anthem.

What do you think: No lip-syncing allowed, or give the poor girl a break?


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“The 35th Anniversary” (Video Commentary Track 8 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“The 35th Anniversary” is the eighth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the milestone of releasing my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago from August 29, 1977 exactly 35 years later to the day. I also share the difference in my perspective from then to now.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Commentary performed by Skafish

Engineered by John Carpenter at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana

Filmed and Edited by Guy Rhodes

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec.

Enjoy! — Skafish

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“Set 2: Tracks 6-10” (Video Commentary Track 7 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 2: Tracks 6-10” is the seventh video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of tracks 6-10 of the second set from my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. I also talk about the personal, emotionally-driven and often cathartic aspects of why I wrote each of these pieces, and the contributions of my incredible band.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Commentary performed by Skafish.

Engineered by John Carpenter at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana.

Filmed and Edited by Guy Rhodes.

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

I hope you enjoy the story — Skafish

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“Set 2: Tracks 1-5” (Video Commentary Track 6 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 2: Tracks 1-5” is the sixth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of the first 5 tracks of the second set from my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. I also talk about the personal, emotionally-driven and often painful aspects of why I wrote each of these pieces, and the contributions of my incredible band.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

The commentary was performed at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana, and engineered by John Carpenter. The piece was filmed and edited by Guy Rhodes.

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

I hope you enjoy the unfolding story of the bootleg and the revolutionary spirit of its message,

Skafish

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“Set 1: Tracks 7-11” (Video Commentary Track 5 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 1: Tracks 7-11” is the fifth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I talk about the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of tracks seven through eleven from my bootleg album, which were recorded at my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. I also share the personal and emotionally-driven aspects of why I wrote each of these pieces, and the amazing contributions of my band members.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

The piece was filmed and edited by Guy Rhodes.

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

I hope you enjoy the story — Skafish

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Skafish on “Flying Around the Sun”

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I made my second appearance as a guest on WJOB radio’s “Flying Around the Sun” on September 6, 2012 in Hammond Indiana, where I was interviewed by show hosts Mark Mybeck and Phil Rapchak.

On the show, I discussed the recent release of BOOTLEG 21-35, the first-ever live Skafish album, which was recorded August 29, 1977 at my 21st birthday party performance in Chicago at Ratso’s. In addition to premiering tracks from the bootleg. I enjoyed giving away free digital copies of the album to those who called in by phone. For more info on the bootleg and purchasing options, visit www.skafishbootleg.com.

Among other topics, I talked about the history of my band and being a bandleader, my pioneering days in Chicago as the city’s punk/new wave/alternative and indie Godfather, and my role as a co-creator of these art forms internationally. I also discussed my relationship with IRS Records chief Miles Copeland.

The interview was streamed live and captured on film by Guy Rhodes.

 

Special Thanks: Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

Enjoy the moment and share this with everyone who loves music outside the box!

Skafish

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BOOTLEG 21-35 Giveaway Contest

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UPDATE, Friday 9-7-12, 3:26 PM US Central Time: The website went down part of the time and wasn’t able to process the comments  from last night for the bootleg giveaway contest. So sorry, but there will be another contest. Stay tuned!

Tonight I am going to be a guest on WJOB radio’s “Flying Around the Sun” from 9pm through 11pm US Central Time. To listen online, go to http://www.wjob1230.com/. You can call in by phone at 219-845-1100.

I am going to be having a giveaway contest on the show. Random callers will win a collectible download card with the image of the album cover, and a unique code to be able to download the entire album (over 2 hours and 13 minutes long) from CDBaby for free.

Also, I will be giving out a special secret code during the show. Leave a comment on this post with that code, and you will be entered into an additional giveaway where 10 lucky winners will be randomly chosen to win the collectible download card.

Keep in mind that even though you’ve posted a comment, it won’t appear till I’ve approved them after the show.

Have fun and best of luck to all!
Skafish

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“Set 1: Tracks 1-6” (Video Commentary Track 4 from BOOTLEG 21-35)

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“Set 1: Tracks 1-6” is the fourth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the new Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album. In this clip, I discuss the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of the first 6 tracks from my bootleg album, which were recorded at my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977.

I also talk about the personal and emotionally-driven aspects of why I wrote these pieces, and each band member’s performance contributions. Plus, there are some never-before-seen photos!

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Please share and spread the word!

Skafish

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Skafish on WJOB radio this Thursday/BOOTLEG Giveaway!

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I am thrilled to let you know that I will be a guest on WJOB radio’s “Flying Around the Sun,” this Thursday, September 6, 2012, from 9 PM through 11 PM United States Central Time. On the show, hosts Mark Mybeck and Phil Rapchak will talk with me about the brand new Skafish release “BOOTLEG 21-35,” play tracks from the album, discuss both the backstory of this legendary record and my future plans, and take your phone calls. As you may already know, this bootleg was recorded 35 years ago at my 21st birthday concert in Chicago at Ratso’s. The album was digitally released August 29, 2012.

I am so excited about the bootleg release, that we’re having a giveaway that night on the show. Tune in for a chance to win a free download of the album (which is over 2 hours and 13 minutes long) from CDbaby.com.

Listen online at http://www.wjob1230.com/, call in with your questions or comments at 219-845-1100, or if you’re in the Chicago area and you want to listen on the radio, tune in to 1230 on your AM dial.

This should be a lot of fun!
Skafish

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