James Taylor, the legendary award-winning singer-songwriter who has soothed many-a-soul with his smooth vocals and gentle guitar playing for four decades, sang the National Anthem during Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park, according to a Web Pro News account on Saturday.
However, Taylor now joins the list of famed-singers who flubbed the National Anthem. Or did he? If it was a flub, Taylor did the most gracious job ever of turning a star-spangled flub into an ear-pleasing grand performance. Taylor opened his performance by singing “Oh beautiful for…” which is the opening words of “America the Beautiful.” Then, without skipping a beat of his strumming guitar, he went right into “The Star Spangled Banner” (The National Anthem).
Taylor, 55, is a Hall of Fame honoree who has won five Grammy awards. If it was the flub it appeared to be, it shows that the best of them can mess up – and the best of the best get out of a jam gracefully. If it was intended to call America “beautiful,” one has to wonder why he merged the lyrics of the two songs to do it.