The classy ones know it. No guessing. No wondering. Just doing. Aretha knows that. The story is that when she heard about Beyonce lip-syncing the Star Spangled Banner she laughed about it. We figure it’s because we know that she knows what’s important, what’s immaterial, and what’s classy.
Classy is the lady who sang the real thing. She admits that 40 degree weather isn’t ideal for singing. Ask all those high school choral directors trying to get their charges to sing that very same song in that and lower temperatures during the last games in the high school football season. It isn’t easy, but they did it. So did she. The real she. The classy she. It’s not always about doing it. It’s about saying that you did when you did, that you didn’t when you didn’t, and caring why there’s a difference.
Lip-syncing controversies go back to Milli Vanilli and did they or didn’t they. They did and had to give their Grammy back. Probably the Archies did also. We’re sure those cartoon characters that somehow managed to put out two Top Ten hits including a Number One single weren’t doing their own singing especially since they were cartoon characters.
Even in our suburban world of grown up garage bands headlining Friday fish fries at neighborhood bars we can’t get away from lip-syncing. Seems there are at least two, possibly three bands that “pack them in” at local bar-wannabe-nightclubs that can’t do it consistently without their own CDs loaded into the sound board.
So who got the class here? There were other performances in that same 40 degree weather. Kelly Clarkson did it. James Taylor did it. The marine band did it. Except when told not to. Classy? Yes. But for our money, the real class acts are those kids singing the national anthem in the cold, in front of all those other kids and parents who really just want to watch the game, go home, and have some hot chocolate. Those are the ones who have the most class. And you can’t fake that.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?