When I was in the Navy, finely-honed talent and persistent dedication might earn you the privilege of emptying the bandmaster's ashtray rather than scrubbing the urinals.
Now it gets you on American Idol.
At least it has for MU3 Phil Stacey. The 29-year-old member of Navy Band Southeast, Jacksonville, FL, has survived the first round on America's favorite talent show, according to an article in the Navy Times. You can watch Tuesday's performance by double-clicking on the arrow below.
Sure, the kid's good. But his performance doesn't generate the excitement that my Showband West rendition of "The Book of Love" used to create in highschool gymnasiums.
Unless I'm remembering it wrong.