I did a driveby on twitter yesterday, and noticed a lot of tweets expressing sorrow and RIPs over “Kobe.” I only know of one Kobe—basketball legend Kobe Bryant, and he was young. Once news officially broke about the helicopter crash that took Bryant, his young daughter, and others’ lives, I realized the worst was true. Somewhere in the back of my mind, there was an association with Bryant and music. So I started hopping around the Web to make sure my memory was right.
Lots of tweets this morning about Fergie’s interpretation of the US National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” It’s tempting to crit a multi-Grammy winner, and many did.
I didn’t find it so off-putting. I think she pulled it off, but above all, she chose to interpret it her way. One singer’s aesthetic can be a fan’s angst, I guess. I did see some amused looks on players’ faces at the NBA All Star Fame. You can view the video at The Chicago Tribune and form your own opinion.
You can also view Tweets on the matter under the (trending) hashtag FergieNationalAnthem.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/Feb. 19, 2018)