There are some things you best not do.
That old Jim Croce song is missing a line. You know the one, it goes
'You don't tug on Superman's Cape, you don't spit in the wind, you don't pull the mask off that old Long Ranger' ...and you don't stand during rehearsal of a Patriotic Medley...this last part, in my humble opinion would be the missing line.
I really do not set out every morning to find something goofy to fall into...these things find me!
It's a gift!
In my mind...(scary place that it is)...what could be better when cuttin lose singin some mighty fine patriotic choruses than standing up!
When a trusted choir buddy says 'let's stand up!'
I'm all over that!
I mean a musical montage paying tribute to our fine service men and women as well as the country I love and they protect...I so love it!
Plus, if you ARE going to sing the theme song for all uhhh..let me count 'em...Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marines...yah, six! Count 'em 6 branches of the military! Aaand...you need a lot of wind! The best breathing and singing is done... standing up!
Warning: This is NOT what you should do*.
No... because the next day you might be ask which branch you served in...'was it the Marines, someone said you were in the Marines'. 'You never told me...I didn't know you were in the Marines.'.
Umm..I was? Not!
Here is the cause of confusion:
Apparently there is some tradition that folks who HAVE served in the military like to stand up when their song is sung...
Picture this please, a large rehearsal room, a group of 200 or so. Many rose throughout the group, only to eventually sit down again.
I figured they tired out or gave up trying to get Everybody up... like when people attempt to give a standing ovation or try to start 'the wave' at sporting events...if you can't get the rest of the crowd to join in, most often you sit back down...give it up!
My faithful little group stood til the end unknowingly causing a bit of confusion for quite a few fellow members..
In retrospect, I did received quite a few extra nods and pats on the back last night... apparently it was NOT my extraordinary vocal performance or my magnetic personality...oh well.
*Of course ignore this advise completely if you are or have been a member of our military. Thank You and God Bless You for your service!