Victoria Zarlenga Did Not Do A Very Good Job With The National Anthem Last Night [Updated With Response]

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Wow. What a horrific rendition of the national anthem before last night’s USMNT game in Jacksonville in which the boys in new red-white-and-blue kits throttled Scotland.

UPDATE: About three hours after this post went live, an email arrived from a “Rick Zarlenga.” I presume that’s Victoria’s dad, but could be anybody. In any event, he offered “Victoria’s response to the National Anthem….”

I totally hear you, this was not a good performance and I take full responsibility for it! I did not realize I would need ear buds as monitors to block out the stadium sounds. Therefore, I had to borrow a pair from the sound crew that were too large for my ears and were popping out. Watching this video you can see that I was trying to hold the left ear bud in with my hand.

That said, I was unable to hear myself and was only hearing the delay of my voice in the stadium. To add to the challenge, the crowd was singing in sync with my few seconds delay.

It was like I was singing the song twice word after word after word. I heard from a few fans that said the view on the Jumbotron was not in sync with what they were hearing. Apparently the TV recording and stadium sound were two separate systems – you had to be present at the stadium to see and hear the delay. I was very disoriented with all these variables!

I would like to share with you a previous rendition and live performance of the National Anthem from about six months ago without the technical challenges, visit this link

Fair enough and a shame. (Also, markedly better, the version on that link there.)

But then good old Rick Zarlenga got a little threatening with the email.

To wit:

Beyond the above, you have copyrighted material shown below from Victoria’s website and posted it at do-a-very-good-job-with-the-national-anthem-last-night/. I noticed you have a Copyright notice as I do listed on your web page which now you are by default copyrighting my work and I assume you have that notice there for the same reason I do and it is there to legally protect your work! I’m requesting that you remove this information today. I hope this issue can be resolve easily. Let me know when my copyrighted information is removed from your website and destroyed.

I thought what he was talking about was a screen-grab picture I got from So, whatever. I removed it. Actually went out of my way to get to a laptop even though I was out and about for the holiday to do so. A screen grab he sent proved I was right in my assumption …

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That was not good enough for Rick, who continued that …

This includes the bio taken from her website as well. I don’t see any of this copyrighted information needed to tell your story. The longer you have this information available the greater the chance the information will be taken from your website. You took the time to obtain and post it, please take the time to remove it today.

What he was talking about was a portion of an initial post, taken from the since disappeared site which noted, among other things, “Victoria Lisette Zarlenga is an eighteen-year-old vocal solo artist born in Jacksonville, Florida.”

I thought about keeping all the background on the person behind what was an aberration of a horrible national anthem posted. After all, if you don’t want information about yourself/daughter going public, you shouldn’t post it publicly.

But, I’ll clear it out in the interest of hoping Victoria has the best of luck in not only pursuing her singing dreams, but realizing she might want to tell Rick to be a little more polite and/or knowledgeable about copyright laws.

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