Friday, March 6, 2015

Martina McBride Concert, Minus 'Independence Day'?

So I went and saw Martina McBride in concert. Actually, if she didn't do "Independence Day", I reckon I would have queried her on why she hadn't.

But she did. And how can we keep silent about this? The song has nothing to do with patriotism. (Sean Hannity would have seemed to have thought so, but I've never heard him answer the question.)

Gretchen Peters has gotten a bit peeved on use of her song. But it's interesting to note that Sean Hannity has played it for a long time and she's never complained -- at least not to me. Who woulda thunk it? Well, it's fair to assume that the song has gotten attention on the Hannity radio show for a long time.

When I locked eyes with Martina, I think she quickly averted them.

Martina McBride Review - Concert at Nokia Theater - and Gretchen Peters

The question must be asked. It must be asked of Martina McBride, who initially recorded 'Independence Day', and of Gretchen Peters, who is attributed with writing the lyrics and music. Does 'Independence Day' condone manslaughter? We can at least assume that the wife in 'Independence Day' gets out alive. At least that's what archived Wikipedia pages say that Martina McBride has said. But who ended up fried to a crisp? No one but the husband, we are to assume.

The song in concert? You couldn't imagine it to have been done more like the recorded version. I couldn't detect a single attribute of difference between the two.

"I don't know if it's wright or wrong....." here we go.


Now, I ain't sayin' it's right or it's wrong
But maybe it's the only way
Talk about your evolution [sic] or revolution [sic]
It's Independence Day


Whoa whoa whoa. Roll back tape. Rewind. Rewind. (flip flip flip flip flip flip)

Now, I ain't sayin' it's right or it's wrong
But maybe it's the only way
Talk about your evolution [sic] or revolution [sic]
It's Independence Day


The wife burned her husband to a crisp. Crispy fried bones; the human being is no more. And so is this murder? I'm not saying that. But manslaughter?  You tell me.



Oh, and lest we forget, the song was written (or attributed to, at least) Gretchen Peters.

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Martina McBride Concert Review, Gretchen Peters

Martina McBride Concert Review


Ah, yes. Martina McBride in concert at the Nokia in Los Angeles. Indeed I was there. And I daresay I locked eyes with Martina McBride herself. It mustn't have been difficult for her, because I was only several steps away. My issue with Martina McBride usually comes down to one thing: is her song pro-manslaughter? In the song, the husband never killed her nor the daughter. Yet the mother killed the husband. Murder? Probably not.  But you'd be hard-pressed not to think of manslaughter. According to one of Wikipedia's archived pages, Martina McBride has said that the woman in the song comes out alive. And obviously the daughter comes out alive. But no manslaughter charge? For frying her husband to a crisp? What other songs become rallying cries and anthems and covers and concert favorites where it certainly seemed (seems) like manslaughter.

"I'm not sure if it's right or it's wrong, but maybe it's the only way
Talk about your evolution, it's 'independence day'."

Wait a minute. It could have been right? Wasn't (isn't) it manslaughter? And who is celebrating it?

Lest we forget: it's not a song about patriotism.  Look it up.

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