If you live within earshot of Dodger Stadium, hope you are a fan of the “Star Spangled Banner” because you will be hearing a portion of it about 200 times today. Singers could be heard across Elysian Park and sections of Echo Park this morning and afternoon as they auditioned to sing the national anthem at Dodger home games, including an April 3 exhibition game against the Angels. A crowd of singers and their supporters gathered to hear the musical tryouts, which were broadcast on video screens across the stadium. Each performer stated their name and audition number before launching into an approximately minute-long performance of these lyrics:
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
With about 200 singers waiting in the wings, Dodger Stadium neighbors should have the lyrics memorized by the end of the day.