We had a lively, little conversation on Facebook this weekend about today’s (mostly female) singers. I maintain that while singing ballads, especially, and in particular the National Anthem, many sing about twice as many notes as are necessary.

UND’s Anne Christopherson, now teaching voice at New York University says there’s even a word for it. She says it’s called “oversouling.” She sent us a link to a Huffington Post article from a couple of weeks ago.  The post points out that great soul singers Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cook almost never overdid it.

Oversouling is one thing. Forgetting the words to our National Anthem in front of a huge television audience is quite another. Next time, Christina (and others), maybe don’t skip the rehearsal.