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Posted by George Grove
on 2/6/2018, 2:16 pm
I would like to thank Ken for having maintained the video/audio of Bill, Rick and me singing the National Anthem for the NLCS game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. It's a wonderful memory, not only of that particular day but also of the many times through the years that The Kingston Trio sang the National Anthem. On this day we had rehearsed with in-ear monitors. Singing in a stadium with 42,000 people is exhilarating, but the possibilities of screwing it up are legion. First, the sound system is 100 yards away, which is the primary reason for the in-ear monitors. But on this day there was a flyover of military jets whose decibel level was off the charts. When we took our places to sing the Anthem, we discovered that the in-ear monitors might as well have been in-Cleveland monitors. They weren't working. That meant we were dependent on "muscle memory" and watching each other peripherally for cues. Also, there was a military person sitting on the ground in front of us with whom we had to coordinate, speeding up or slowing down so that the timing with the aircraft was perfect. Because of the TV cameras and photographers, that person was out of view of Rick and me, so Bill was our guide. And it was all visual since we could hear nothing but jet engines! So thanks to Bill for an outstanding job, and thanks to Ken for maintaining an outstanding memory.