It’s the Fourth of Joo-lye and most of you are probably away from your computers by now, so it’s safe to announce this: I’m a-gonna be on national television in just under an hour. I’m one of the New York Pops Festival Singers singing God Bless America on the “NBC Presents the NYC Fireworks Spectacular” show that starts at 9 Eastern.
Bear in mind the following:
- It was recorded last week, in Bryant Park, during a Serious Rainstorm.
- Neither the orchestra nor the chorus were actually performing the music you’re hearing on television—the music was actually recorded long before the footage was shot.
- Did I mention it was raining?
- I’m probably going to look like a major dork. We were instructed to look happy, excited, patriotic, etc. while we were lip-synching. We all came off the stage feeling like Up with People, which is never a good sign. I personally had chosen to set my dial at Infused with the Radiant Light of Joyful Patriotism. This may have been a mistake.
My own much-more-authentic Independence Day celebration was this morning. We went to the parade out in Port Jefferson, in the company of a two-year-old in pigtails. She waved her little plastic flag like there was no tomorrow, and we watched every fire engine in northeastern Long Island go down the street. It was pretty great.
UPDATED Pffft. I stood in the rain for that? Feh. That’s the last time I sell off my artistic integrity that cheaply, I tell you.