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pokey
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posted 07-24-2006 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Per this (and Sightings):

LET'S PLAY BALL -- NASA NIGHT WITH THE HOUSTON ASTROS
JSC is invited out to Minute Maid Park on Monday, Aug. 14, to watch the Houston Astros as they knock the Chicago Cubs INTO ORBIT. The STS-121 crew and the entire NASA family will be recognized during the pre-game ceremony. Astronaut Tracy Caldwell will also be on the field representing NASA and America by singing the national anthem. Make sure you get there early, too, because the first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative STS-121 Astros cap.
I assume this is the first time an astronaut has sung the American national anthem prior to a game. [She was also bumped from 121 when it became a crew rotation flight - glad to see she got reassigned.]

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posted 07-24-2006 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never heard an astronaut singing the National Anthem or any song for that matter. It is a very difficult song for a non-professional to sing. If they do intend to sing it at this game, they better memorize the lyrics or have them on the scoreboard.

Non-professionals may find it easier and more inspiring to sing "God Bless America." I still remember Kate Smith singing that at many sporting events.

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posted 07-24-2006 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those not immediately familiar, Tracy Caldwell is a vocal lead in the all-astronaut band Max Q.

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posted 07-25-2006 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For what it's worth, I've seen many amateurs do fantastic renditions of the anthem and have seem many so-called "professionals" screw it up badly... usually because they try to be overly dramatic about it.

The fact she was asked to sing the anthem must mean she's a pretty good singer, professional or not.

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posted 07-25-2006 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the pleasure of being at a Max-Q concert at the KSC Visitor Complex during AHOF Induction Weekend in 2004 (I think).

Tracy was lead singer then and she's great. Simon Cowell eat your heart out.

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posted 07-25-2006 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another opportunity to hear Tracy Caldwell sing:
The Houston Texans will kick off the pre-season in a "Salute to Space City" exhibition game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Reliant Stadium. As part of the pre-game show honoring NASA, the Texans will recognize astronauts from the STS-118 crew and four from International Space Station Expeditions. Astronaut Tracy Caldwell will sing the national anthem, and a NASA video compilation will be shown on the big screen.

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posted 07-25-2006 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DwightM   Click Here to Email DwightM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Speaking of Max Q, who's in the band now and what do they play?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-15-2006 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris Ferguson - drums
Dan Burbank - guitar/vocals
Chris Hadfield - guitar/vocals
Tracy Caldwell - vocals
Steve Robinson - base guitar
Kevin Ford - keyboard
Greg "Box" Johnson - keyboard

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posted 08-15-2006 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a simple recording (off my iPod, standing in the crowd) of Tracy Caldwell's anthem performance at last night's Astros game.

(The "bang" that occurs about 5 seconds into her performance is the sound of a cart full of bottles being dropped.)

Last night was Caldwell's birthday as well, which the announcer mentions after she finishes singing.

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posted 08-15-2006 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who were in attendance, for the first pitch, who seemed to have the best arm? It looked like Lisa Nowak was going to have a little trouble making the plate, but Stephanie Wilson looked ready to zing a strike in...

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posted 08-15-2006 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a second shot (to the one posted under Recent Sightings), after the pitches:

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posted 08-15-2006 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LoneStarScouter   Click Here to Email LoneStarScouter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son Aaron and I attended the game. Had a great time. We got two of the hats. Bummer that the bats never woke up though...

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posted 08-15-2006 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received a Tracy Caldwell signed photo the other day. Nice lady and very good looking in my opinion. She can sing too.

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posted 08-16-2006 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was disappointed that the TV station did not show the national anthem being sung. I was hoping to see it but they used it for commercial space.

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With respect to musical abilities required, your country's national anthem is quite difficult. It includes many wide intervals, and its ambitus -- the interval between the lowest and the highest notes-- is unually large for a national anthem (one and a half octave, twice as, say, God Save the Queen's major sixth). Plus, its apex sits on the highest note and is of a long duration.

Singing it a cappella as is often the custom in sports events makes it an incredible challenge.

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Usually one must audition or be screened before you are permitted to sing the national anthem at a major professional sporting event. No doubt the Astros knew Ms. Caldwell would do just fine before they officially asked her to sing. It sounds like a good time was had by all.

Most Americans understand that our anthem is difficult to sing. In college, I was frequently asked to sing the national anthem at community and sporting events. I always asked the crowd to sing along - believe me, this helps a lot.

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