The news media wasted no time in publicizing James Taylor's national anthem mistake. CNN had the story on October 25, reporting how Taylor started off "The Star Spangled Banner" with the first line of "America the Beautiful." He quickly and gracefully transitioned into the correct beginning line, "Oh, say can you see." Bill O'Reilly, an admitted fan of James Taylor, discussed the mistake on "The Factor," on Oct 25. O'Reilly explained that the way the singer handled the mistake is a good life lesson in handling mistakes or failures in all areas of our lives.
James Taylor was originally scheduled to sing the beloved "America the Beautiful," often nominated to replace "The Star Spangled Banner," but the plans were changed at the last minute. Taylor had also previously sung the song in that ballpark before, so the false start is understandable. You can view the attached video of Taylor performing the familiar "America the Beautiful," on a previous occasion.
"Sweet Baby James," as Taylor is lovingly referred to, did a great job of moving on into a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. And, at least he did not show any body parts, make obscene gestures or forget the words.
Yes, Bill O'Reilly is right. We should all be so gracious about our own mistakes. After all, everyone makes them.